Supermarket announcements July 2, 2007Posted by Rambling Man in General Bloggery, Ireland & the Irish.
Is it just an Irish thing or does it permeate the known world ? I speak, of course, of the rather silly, strangely intoned and utterly annoying supermarket announcements made over the public address system.
You know the ones – one of the 4 (very busy) assistants behind the convenience counter gets on the portable microphone and yells “Mary Murphy to the grocery inforMAY-SHENNN please, Mary MURRPheee”. Typing cannot do it justice ! To me, it’s akin to nails on a chalkboard … or the way one of the workers in my old job used to say ‘hello’ – but with her it was more like a nasal “Hill-awwww” while someone had a good hold of your b*llix.
My question (isn’t there always a question) is did some middle manager come up with a winning formula as to the best way to page someone over a supermarket PA ? or did the staff come up with it themselves … can anyone offer an explanation for the absolutely strange intonation that we are subjected to while queueing for our lunch … it’s as if we’re in Australia !
I’m off now to the canTEEN.
PS – I don’t really suppose that a monotoned and boring voice would be great for such announcements either …