At 7:55 a.m., a man is shopping for Valentines’ Day cards.
Shelves are indeed bare. Though, since this grocery store at Dulaney Plaza is frequented by college students at nearby Towson University, the missing items are yogurt, cottage cheese, and frozen pizzas.
No cashiers are available at check-out lanes; Only the Self-Serve lanes are open. An elderly gentleman has no choice but to tackle the push-button automated system.
He has forgotten to scan a box of cereal or something. The computer scolds loudly: “Remove the item from the bag!” “Remove the item from the bag!”
It’s business as usual.