In Australia, we call them ‘lockers’. They’re often found in schools and universities, so you can put your books and other stuff in there without having to carry them around with you all day, or taking them home when you don’t need to.
You have a key which you keep on you. Or there’s a combination lock and you just have to memorise 3 digits for the code. These days, there’s sometimes a screen and the combination is electronic, and the number may be printed out for you when you put your things in the locker and close the door. You then have to enter the number from the paper, on the screen, or keypad, to get your stuff out.
What do we use lockers for?
Apart from schools and universities, lockers are used in sports centres, train and bus stations, workplaces. There are lockers for bicycles, and lockers in backpackers’ hostels to keep your belongings safe from theft from other guests.
In Russia, lockers are used in supermarkets. Before you go into a shop, you put anything that you’ve purchased from other places, or your jacket, winter hat and gloves etc, into a locker, and take the key with you while you shop.
They’re really practical, because it means that you don’t have to take the shopping that you’ve already done, into another shop. It means that you don’t have to find somewhere to put it. And you don’t have to carry it, which means that your hands are free to do more shopping!
It means you avoid security checks – where someone in a uniform, or the person at the cashier desk serving you, asks to look inside your shopping bags. I always find this inconvenient. In Russia, thanks to lockers, we avoid this situation.
And other uses?
However, there are some people who use these shop lockers not for their shopping or winter accessories.
They put their pets in them. Well, one person did, anyway.
Before you start getting angry on behalf of the dog, I must say that the person didn’t close or lock the door. They simply left the dog, and a shopping bag, in the locker and went off to do a bit of shopping.
By the way, this is the same place where the cat in the supermarket lives!
The dog wasn’t distressed. It didn’t bark or whine or howl. It just waited for its owner to come back, possibly with some treats!
I guess it’s one advantage of having a small dog. And, much better than leaving it in a locked, hot car, isn’t it?
Is this an acceptable ‘babysitter’ for small dogs? Would you like to put your personal things in the locker after a dog’s been sitting in it? Let me know what you think in the comments below!