I don’t get it.

May 27, 2011


I am mystified by shoppers who, after they pay for their purchases, walk away from the counter and leave their cart right there. I’m not furious at them (yet), but it seems so rude to me. “My duties as a shopper ended after I pocketed my receipt. This cart is the store’s problem now. I can’t be bothered to walk it all the way over to where the carts are kept.”

It’s not like that cart has disappeared just because you’re no longer looking at it. Yes, someone will move it – the person behind you. Me.

I moved one of these carts. It wasn't mine.

It’s a bit like littering. I don’t say anything out loud yet, but I can feel my internal muttering getting louder.

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8 Responses to “I don’t get it.”

  1. Brad Said on:

    Do you think people like that don’t realize the inconvenience they are causing, or do you think they do know, but don’t care?


  2. Linda Said on:

    “It’s a bit like littering. I don’t say anything out loud yet, but I can feel my internal muttering getting louder.” Brad I am more concerned about this sentence first. Watch that internal muttering it does you more harm, physically, mentally and spirituality. When in comes out “out loud” indeed you have a full blown problem.

    Part of is that people ‘don’t realize the inconvenience’ perhaps because they have internal muttering getting louder in their head about other things that bug them.

    There is a small amount of people that ‘just don’t care’ very small amount…these people we bless and release them some where else.

    Our society has been taught for many years now to be separate from each other, until we go back and understand that we are all in this world together and every action affects another person, place, or thing this will continue on.


  3. Peggy Said on:

    I’ve never encountered someone leaving the cart right at the check out counter before. Sheesh! But I certainly have experienced a slew of other shopping cart rudenesses. And it’s something we talk about at work quite a bit.

    The consensus at work is … mostly,they just don’t care.


  4. Kristi Said on:

    Most of the time the cashiers have to put all of my bags back into my cart. There’s no way I could even think of leaving my cart there. The rudeness of some people.


    • Gretchen Said on:

      I have a tendency to be a bit spacey at times, so even if all my purchases were in my cart I can imagine that I might just leave my cart there anyhow. Hasn’t happened yet but I wouldn’t discount it for the future.


  5. Gretchen Said on:

    This is probably why stores here (like Aldi) require you to put in a coin (usually a Euro) to relase a cart from the cart corral. (They are all chained together.) Then you have to return the cart to get your coin back. By the way, I have no idea why my gravatar turned out all black. I tried to upload a new one and obviously erred in some way.


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