DEAR MISS MANNERS: In these days of many new rules, all our local grocery stores now have one-way lanes. Being a highly obedient type, naturally I follow the arrows. (Although in the beginning, I have to admit I didn’t notice them!)
When encountering a shopper coming toward me, I have taken to saying “Oops, you’re going the wrong way on a one-way street,” which I thought sounded reasonable.
One person said, “Well, I’ve decided to make it a two-way street,” and another said, “Yeah, I know that.” I have to admit that I reacted to that by saying, “Oh, I see. You just don’t care,” which she did not take well.
I considered parking my cart in front of them and saying “Turn around!” in a loud voice, but of course that is simply impossible for me to do.
What does Miss Manners say is the correct thing to do in correcting people who don’t understand the new rules of today?
GENTLE READER: Yes, the rules keep developing. As you said, you yourself did not notice the grocery store traffic patterns at first.
Miss Manners recommends that you continue proceeding as though going the wrong way is an innocent mistake -- and simply maneuvering around any offenders. As you have found, scolding them does not make them reform.
Given the year we have had, you will likely need to save your righteous indignation for future issues and more stringent laws, like not feeding the locusts when they arrive.