Friday, July 10, 2009

Shopping Cart Woes

Since moving, I have frequented Wally World more than ever before. It's convenient, for one. Cheapest for another. It's the largest store in town, and I see no hope in fighting against shopping there when it has a better selection than the local grocery store at times.

However, almost every time I am there I get frustrated. I don't remember this being an issue in Nebraska, but I rarely went to Walmart since I had my beloved Hy-Vee across the street.

In the Wally World parking lot, there are plenty of cart corrals. They are located strategically throughout the lot for our convenience. The majority of Walmart shoppers, however, do not realize they exist. 

Now, I realize it is HOT outside. It's almost unbearable at times, but if you walked the 100 feet to you car, then you can walk the extra 10 feet to the nearest cart corral. But instead, and I have seen people do this, people put their items in their car, push the cart away just enough so they can back out without any problems and go on their merry way. Interestingly enough, it is usually the parking spots closest to the store (and the corrals) that are littered with carts. 

Why is this such a big deal? Not only is it HOT, but it is WINDY. Those carts just fly around the parking lot on a windy day hitting other cars. I just do not understand, nor believe, that people are that busy that they cannot take the extra minute it requires to walk their carts to where they belong. I unfortunately do believe people are just this lazy, for I see NO other excuse for not returning a cart.

This week, I parked in a stall with 3 carts surrounding my car. In my frustration, I gathered up the carts and pushed them the 20 feet to the store. While doing this, I noticed a woman leaving her cart beside her car and then proceeding to clean out the trash from her car into the cart. She got into her car and drove away.

Whew. That feels better.


Shanle's said...

I've had similar thoughts, Heather! I can tell you this: I used to have the lazy thought, "Just leave your cart here... everyone else is doing it!" But now it must be my conscience... I know what Chris asks of me, even with something as simple as this! "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." Even if this means putting you cart away... even if you have a baby in one arm and bags full of groceries in the other! =)


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Kelly said...

I used to think it would be fun to go round up all the carts on a Saturday night...I'm not quite sure why...I was in college???