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LIDL Autism Aware Quiet Evenings

  • 22-03-2018 1:42pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 10,680 ✭✭✭✭ Andy From Sligo


    LIDL are implementing Autism Aware Quiet Evenings across all 194 Lidl stores in Ireland and Northern Ireland

    - Reduced lighting
    - No in-store announcements
    - No music
    - Priority queueing for customers dealing with autism as well as - extra assistance upon request
    - Till scan sounds lowered
    - Autism assistance dogs always welcome


    Good idea? - any ideas on it?

    I dont know why , but my skepticism always kicks in rather than thinking they are doing this for the benefit of the customer that I always think these businesses are doing new things for their own gain in the name of commercialism

    Autism Aware Quiet Evenings


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  • Registered Users Posts: 11,604 ✭✭✭✭ El Weirdo


    I dont know why , but my skepticism always kicks in rather than thinking they are doing this for the benefit of the customer that I always think these businesses are doing new things for their own gain in the name of commercialism

    Even if so, where's the problem?


  • Registered Users Posts: 29,299 ✭✭✭✭ Mint Sauce


    Whilst they maybe aware parents of Autistic kids need to shop too, they are also VERY aware that it shows them in a good light. Everything is commerical gain, no matter what they do, or how good they do it.


  • Registered Users Posts: 23,446 ✭✭✭✭ Mrs OBumble


    If I knew what evening they weren't doing those annoying "Till 4 is now closing. We are happy to serve you at another checkout" announcements, I'd shop then too.

    Silly things play whenever a till is re-booted for any reason. Very annoying.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 3,737 ✭✭✭ Yer Da sells Avon


    It doesn't really matter why they're doing it. It sounds like a good idea.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,089 ✭✭✭ chrissb8




    I dont know why , but my skepticism always kicks in rather than thinking they are doing this for the benefit of the customer that I always think these businesses are doing new things for their own gain in the name of commercialism

    Autism Aware Quiet Evenings

    Of course they are. It's called corporate social responsibility. By being more conscious of societies issues and problems a company can bring added value by being seen as being proactive in tackling these issues or problems. Gaining a better reputation among customers and therefore more people will shop there.

    Every company does it to some extent, I think this is pretty good by Lidl actually. Unique idea and well thought out.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,881 ✭✭✭ WHIP IT!


    LIDL are implementing Autism Aware Quiet Evenings across all 194 Lidl stores in Ireland and Northern Ireland

    - Reduced lighting
    - No in-store announcements
    - No music
    - Priority queueing for customers dealing with autism as well as - extra assistance upon request
    - Till scan sounds lowered
    - Autism assistance dogs always welcome


    Good idea? - any ideas on it?

    I dont know why , but my skepticism always kicks in rather than thinking they are doing this for the benefit of the customer that I always think these businesses are doing new things for their own gain in the name of commercialism

    Autism Aware Quiet Evenings

    Without a shadow of a doubt, you're right... but I always try and think of the "net effect". If this proves a really welcome and useful initiative for parents with autistic children, then it will be worth the 'free plug'.


  • Registered Users Posts: 22,366 ✭✭✭✭ J. Marston


    - Reduced lighting
    - No in-store announcements
    - No music
    - Priority queueing for customers dealing with autism as well as - extra assistance upon request
    - Till scan sounds lowered
    - Autism assistance dogs always welcome

    Sounds nice.

    Wait...


  • Registered Users Posts: 26,134 ✭✭✭✭ Candie


    Great initiative. Anything that makes life easier for people who have it tougher is fine by me. I don't care if it's a commercial decision, if it's just PR, or even if Lidl are cuck libtard virtue signallers. Hopefully it'll be the start of a trend.

    Where's my tea?



  • Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators, Regional North Mods, Regional West Moderators Posts: 81,471 Mod ✭✭✭✭ biko


    Can I bring my emotional support hamster?


  • Users Awaiting Email Confirmation Posts: 1,518 Ciaran_B


    SuperValu have been doing this for a while now. Fair play, it's a good idea.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,942 ✭✭✭ topper75


    My 'autism assistance' hound is a bit of a savage. He'd gobble everything on the shelves so I think he is best left in the car.


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,680 ✭✭✭✭ Andy From Sligo


    Nobody thinking it's just a little pointing out / singling out people with autism/disability? Having it done for certain hours/days?


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,680 ✭✭✭✭ Andy From Sligo


    No music???? I have never ever heard piped background music in a Lidl store ever, personally meself


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,604 ✭✭✭✭ El Weirdo


    Nobody thinking it's just a little pointing out / singling out people with autism/disability? Having it done for certain hours/days?
    No music???? I have never ever heard piped background music in a Lidl store ever, personally meself

    You appear to want to find fault with this. What exactly is the problem with this initiative as you see it?


  • Registered Users Posts: 16,484 ✭✭✭✭ DEFTLEFTHAND


    No music???? I have never ever heard piped background music in a Lidl store ever, personally meself

    Same here. They don't play music.

    My local is a large dimly lit barn staffed by 3 people


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,680 ✭✭✭✭ Andy From Sligo


    El Weirdo wrote: »
    You appear to want to find fault with this. What exactly is the problem with this initiative as you see it?

    No, please don't assume. I am just dissecting it to understand how it will work. Part of me thinks it's a good idea.. in certain areas of the idea. I certainly don't want it to fail


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,812 ✭✭✭ Wesser


    But sure isn't everything done in the name if commercial gain.
    You may as well question their reason for even existing. Ah sure they only exist to make money. Not going to buy my bread from them!


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,658 ✭✭✭ somefeen


    This is a bit strange because I shop in lidl and aldi mostly because they're quieter already.

    Tesco is a nightmare with the music, bright lights, crowds and those ****ing self service checkouts blaring away constantly.
    I dont know how anyone can work there


  • Registered Users Posts: 16,484 ✭✭✭✭ DEFTLEFTHAND


    Depends on what end of the spectrum they're on.

    A person with mild autism would be mortified to be singled out and embarrassed in public by being asked to come to the front of the line or whatever.


  • Registered Users Posts: 29,737 ✭✭✭✭ Graces7


    Nobody thinking it's just a little pointing out / singling out people with autism/disability? Having it done for certain hours/days?

    I for one could not cope with eg reduced lighting and if it lessens the crowds in store so much the better...


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  • Registered Users Posts: 14,851 ✭✭✭✭ Grayson


    Nobody thinking it's just a little pointing out / singling out people with autism/disability? Having it done for certain hours/days?

    not really. Other people will be there too.


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,680 ✭✭✭✭ Andy From Sligo


    Depends on what end of the spectrum they're on.

    A person with mild autism would be mortified to be singled out and embarrassed in public by being asked to come to the front of the line or whatever.

    precisely , my 24year old lad has autism/aspergers and even sometimes he feels sometimes people go over the top and people look around to see whats going on - its ok when its done naturally but sometimes (not by the fault of the person helping them) attention can be drawn to them/him even if its not intentional.

    From his mouth: "If people are that anxious when going out shopping then they should order online and not put themselves in that situation in the first place" - thats from him, not from me.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,451 ✭✭✭ Bob Harris


    People with autism in Tallaght must be kicking themselves.


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,125 ✭✭✭ dee_mc


    Depends on what end of the spectrum they're on.

    A person with mild autism would be mortified to be singled out and embarrassed in public by being asked to come to the front of the line or whatever.

    But they're not being asked to the front of the line - they're just being informed that if they want to shop in a designated lower stimulus environment, the option is there.


  • Registered Users Posts: 264 ✭✭ Petyr Baelish


    No music???? I have never ever heard piped background music in a Lidl store ever, personally meself

    They do in their snazzy flagship store in Tallaght village but that's the only place I've heard it myself.


    Regarding the concept as a whole, it's well and good for Lidl to reduce the noise they make but most of it comes from the customers themselves. Between the screaming kids and people shouting down their phones (even on Facetime weirdly) combined with the general hustle and bustle in the stores, I can't see this creating a revolutionary experience for Autistic people.


  • Registered Users Posts: 264 ✭✭ Petyr Baelish


    Bob Harris wrote: »
    People with autism in Tallaght must be kicking themselves.

    I think you mean Citywest.


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,680 ✭✭✭✭ Andy From Sligo


    OSI wrote: »
    Are disabled parking spots singling people out?

    only when non-disabled people park in them :D


  • Registered Users Posts: 19,802 ✭✭✭✭ suicide_circus


    Same here. They don't play music.

    My local is a large dimly lit barn staffed by 3 people
    Yep bit of a scam


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,680 ✭✭✭✭ Andy From Sligo


    Grayson wrote: »
    not really. Other people will be there too.

    on those particular nights I think you can safely say the majority of people shopping there will be on the autism spectrum or carers caring for people

    The reduced lighting, and priority tills and everything suited to the enviroment on those particular nights might not sit well with other shoppers and may go somewhere else - you cannot please everyone all the time.

    Even when I have gone out with my son in the past I have heard other people 'tut' or give stabbing glancing looks if they have had to wait or put themselves out at all


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  • Registered Users Posts: 17,024 ✭✭✭✭ Mr. CooL ICE


    I heard they're doing free coffee topups for people with autism.


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