Old people, students, mothers of young children and the unemployed

If you find yourself in a supermarket before 6pm on a weekday pretty much everyone you see will most likely fall into one of the above categories. Depending on what time you go one group may be more or less strongly represented – the morning is for old people, most students don’t emerge until after 12, and of course not everyone falls into one of those categories. A few people may be employees on their day off and you may find the odd self-employed person taking a break from whatever it is they do, but most people who go food shopping suring the day are either retired, mothers of young children (not being sexist but you really won’t see too many fathers), students or jobless.

I wonder how obvious it is which of the categories I fall into?

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