There are now a set of secret words and codes that people can now use to make the experience of shopping or spending the night a little easier – and safer.
They can be used in a whole range of scenarios such as alerting employees at Boots to report that you are a victim of domestic violence by asking for ‘Ani’. Meanwhile, revelers can ask for “Angela” in clubs, pubs and bars if they feel unsafe on a date.
And another major retailer with a secret code is Morrisons. This initiative allows those who are menstruating to get free sanitary pads. The “Package for Sandy” initiative was launched last year.
It was created by Morrisons Community Champion, Emma Parkinson, in response to the poverty of the period. After the trial, the initiative is now available in 497 stores, with the supermarket distributing an additional 125,000 health products to local charities in an effort to “end period poverty”.
She said, “Periodism is a real problem, and going to school in a mostly low-income area gave me insight into what it’s like not to have sanitary clothing available. It’s shocking that young girls and women don’t use sanitary products through no fault of their own, so I Really happy that at Morrisons we can help support people in need across the UK.”
It can be really sad to realize that you have just reached your period in a public place, and there is no chance of escaping from the supermarket with a full food store without forgetting a few important items because you were stressing about leakage. your jeans.
That’s without worrying about whether or not you can buy the products, especially with the higher cost of living, and if you’ve included emergency rigs in your weekly budget.
So I decided to see if the Morrisons employees would help me, or the others would help me without a sanitary towel, when asked for a “pack for my sandwich.” I visited in total for Morrisons stores across North Staffordshire and South Cheshire.
Heading to Morrisons First branch, I was freaking out, because I hadn’t actually been pregnant for six years, but asking for a period pillow made me feel like I was back in high school and asking the school receptionist to back up. There was no one at the customer service desk, but it didn’t take long for a staff member to turn up.
When the friendly sales assistant asked if they could help me, I asked, “Hey, I was wondering if you had a package for Sandy?”
“Yes, of course,” she replied, before heading to the filing cabinet behind her to get out a brown paper bag with the word “Sandy” written on it in a marker. It was confidential and certainly nothing unusual in the package other than the fact that my name wasn’t Sandy, but who knows?
The entire conversation took less time than it did to reverse the parking lot into the parking lot, and I was thrilled with the success and speed of the scheme. If I had been really caught without a sanitary towel, I would have been very grateful, but instead I made it clear that I was a journalist and wanted to see if the initiative worked, and returned the packaging for someone who really needed to use it.
During my second visit to my store, the customer service desk was manned by a staff member who, although they asked me to repeat myself, knew exactly what I was ordering in secret and went to the back to retrieve not one, but two brown parcels. .
Each Sandy package includes two individual sanitary pads, enough to get you to your food store and home without a major disaster. I thought it was so generous that the sales assistant offered me two packages addressed to Sandy. Again, I explained why I was really asking, but I was really happy to see that the scheme seemed to work.
I was feeling really positive by the time I headed to Morrisons 3 branch, although ordering a “package for Sandy” was still a bit daunting. There was still a chance that a staff member would look at me as if I had two heads and say “No, sorry, nothing to Sandy here.” But this never happened.
This time around, the customer service desk was a little busier, but since other customers aren’t likely to think twice about my code phrase, I didn’t mind asking for the package in front of them.
It was another female employee, and by sheer coincidence, she quickly pulled out a brown envelope addressed to Sandy from behind the desk. I loved that all of these interactions took less than 60 seconds, which means that anyone who is afraid to spoil the outfit and face potential embarrassment won’t suffer for long.
Only in the fourth store did she hit a bump in the road, and when she asked the sales assistant for a package for Sandy, she nodded to admit before searching the cupboard behind her, only to discover she had run out.
I was very frustrated that I didn’t have a 100 percent success rate, but I’m glad it’s clearly a scheme being used by members of the public, and it serves its intended purpose. I was impressed that every member of the staff I asked was knowledgeable about the initiative and was able to help me without making me feel ashamed or degraded.
I’m really thrilled to know that, if you – or anyone else – needs a sanitary towel, Morrisons will have our backs protected no questions asked.