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  1. I expect most of you fellow Aspies find noisy shops a nuisance? I do!! It occured to me the other day that supermarkets that use the old fashioned "musak".....non original artist music, that is supposed to be inoffensive....are really discriminating against the disabled! They will happily provide electric buggies for those with mobility issues and make everything accessable in the usual PC ways......but do they not realise that playing music can be torture for people like me. I get really REALLY stressed if I am trying to shop and deal with all the other noise and (to me) illogical behaviour of shoppers. Some shops have NO music....and the silence surely does not offend any of the shoppers in those stores? Yet in the store where I shop we have to put up with music that is either slow and soft or fast and loud, depending on whether they want people to linger, or speed up to keep the flow moving....such a transarent strategy....and it is awful music...especially to someone like me who is quite musical. I can never think straight....especially with all the bing-bong announcement interuptions as well....Grrrrrr!!!! They don't seem to care that it may offend/upset those of us with an invisible disability......so I see this as discrimination. A lack of music/self advertising shop radio chat/rubbish will not upset anyone .....except the area manager maybe, who's sales targets must be met, even at the expense of our discomfort. If this were to be discussed on a national TV show....maybe the One Show, for example, I bet the resulting negative publicity would make them think. If anyone reading this has any contacts that could raise awareness of this issue I would love to know. Ok, rant over.....but I really needed to get that one off my chest!