Featured Photo #5 – Lockers

lockers

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.

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The dog in the supermarket

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!

dog in locker 1
Waiting for his owner – and maybe some goodies

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?

dog in locker 2
He wasn’t in there for long, don’t worry!

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!

Author: Cheryl

I'm an Australian woman who is now living in a village in rural Bulgaria. I lived for 12 years in Moscow, Russian Federation, working as an English language teacher. My current loves are my husband and my vegetable garden.

12 thoughts on “Featured Photo #5 – Lockers”

  1. This was interesting Cheryl! I enjoyed learning about the use of lockers in Russia, I had no idea! But leaving the dog in one, I’m not too sure about that! Visiting from #mlstl

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    1. Hi Debbie, thanks! I find these lockers invaluable, especially in winter when you’ve got lots of accessories to keep warm. If you don’t have somewhere safe to put them while you’re shopping, you’re likely to drop and lose your winter gloves or hat – which would be a disaster! I’m not sure I’d leave a dog in a locker either, but it might be the only solution for some people. Thanks for visiting. 🙂

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  2. I often wonder what people do with all their outdoor cold weather gear when they’re inside shops and things in countries that are freezing cold outside and warm inside. The lockers make a lot of sense in that regard. And that little dog is so cute – they’re lucky someone didn’t sneak off with it and take it home with their shopping!
    Thanks for linking up with us at MLSTL and I’ve shared on my SM 🙂

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    1. Hi Leanne, well, now you know what we do with our stuff! In big shopping centres and malls, they have a cloakroom, where you leave your stuff, including bags if you want, with a person who then gives you a number. When you’ve finished in the shopping centre you give back your number and get your things back. It’s free. There are also cloakrooms in restaurants (you have to take off your outer clothes before being seated), theatres, clubs, bars, and many other places where people gather – and it’s always free. It’s very practical, because it’s just impossible to do anything with all your winter clothes on! Thanks for visiting, sharing and commenting! 🙂 x

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  3. I didn’t know what to think of the dog in the locker, but it actually looks cute and happy. I have absolutely never thought about what you do with big winter clothing when you’re in a warm shop etc, it makes sense really.
    I was surprised to read about bag searches though as it’s not something that happens here. It’s so interesting reading about everyday life in a country we don’t know much about.
    #MLSTL

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    1. Hi Lorraine, bag searches are very common in Australia – if you take bags into the shop, you’re often searched on the way out (including handbags if they’re quite big). I was always uncomfortable about that, but having lockers means that we can avoid this. I’m glad you enjoy reading about Russia, I hope you’ve had time to take a look at my other Russian posts – and there’ll be more coming! Thank you for visiting and commenting! 🙂

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  4. Interesting post Cheryl and isn’t it amazing how different countries find uses for the same thing. I like the idea of the lockers in the supermarkets but I’m not sure about the poor dog being left in one! Thanks for sharing with us at #MLSTL and have a great week. x

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    1. Hi Sue, yes, it’s interesting to travel and see how other countries deal with situations in different ways. I really love the supermarket lockers, I don’t know how we live without them in Australia! I’m not sure about the dog, either, but it’s not the strangest thing I’ve seen while living in Moscow! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂 x

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  5. Most of the grocery stores in Europe have lockers, but I’ve never seen anyone put a dog in one. What is different for me is the fact that people bring there dogs everywhere in Europe. Now I’m used to it, but I don’t think they belong in a restaurant, or a grocery where they serve food. Thanks Cheryl for an interesting post. Sharing to FB.

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    1. Hi Christina, I can’t say I’ve ever seen lockers in other countries in Europe. I’ve mainly visited western Europe, so maybe it’s more common in eastern Europe. I don’t recall seeing them in Vilnius or Riga either. I’ve also noticed how dogs are everywhere in Europe, and I’m not sure I really like it either. Dogs in the shopping trolley? No thank you! Thanks for visiting, lovely to see you here again! 🙂

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  6. Hi Cheryl, I met you last week, too, from #MLSTL. It is fun to read about some of the unique findings in another country. In Canada, we also call them lockers. Very odd on the pet in the locker. It makes for a good story:)

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    1. Hi Erica, that’s one thing I love about travelling, all the different things we can find! But of course, if we can’t always travel, reading on the internet is the next best thing. 🙂 Glad you enjoyed it, nice to see you again. Have a lovely weekend! 🙂

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