And I thought I was lazy

The shopping cart debuted in an Oklahoma City supermarket in 1937, the handiwork of Sylvan Goldman, and I’m guessing the first one probably wasn’t left out in the parking lot.

Nowadays stores often have dedicated spaces to leave your cart, so you don’t have to trudge back to the entrance with it after you’ve loaded up the truck, but not everyone understands the concept:

Guilty: The idiot who left a shopping cart in the middle of a parking space rather than push it ten extra steps to the cart corral in the next spot over.

Sentence: To wake up with a shopping cart in his bed — the one with the square wheels — dripping wet from having been left out in the rain.

The German-owned ALDI chain has a kinder, gentler approach: you want a cart, it will cost you a quarter, which you’ll get back after you return it to the place you got it.


  1. fillyjonk »

    2 September 2009 · 8:30 am

    Yeah, I’ve seen that. I’ve also seen apparently able-bodied people push and leave their carts in handicapped spots. (There should be a special circle of Hell…)

    I just wish some of the groceries I shop at would put more “corrals” out in the boonies where I usually park (I don’t like waiting on someone to load up their groceries and their kids and all that so they vacate a place close to the store). I’d rather park close to a cart corral than close to the store.

  2. CT »

    2 September 2009 · 9:28 am

    And ALDI’s method is SOP in Europe, so they must be onto something.

    More stores are implementing the “wheel-brake” option on carts to prevent them from going beyond a certain perimeter, thus deterring homeless people, joyriders, etc. from stealing them. Too bad something like that doesn’t work on the supposedly-desirable lazybone customers…

  3. McGehee »

    2 September 2009 · 12:08 pm

    ALDI has stores in my part of Georgia (nearest in Fayetteville), and I’d never heard of them before.

  4. Donna B. »

    2 September 2009 · 4:40 pm

    Casual observation is that about 70% of people put the carts in the corrals at the nearest WalMart here in Shreveport. Enough don’t that while I was waiting in the car at the DeQueen WalMart for about 30 minutes, I was amazed to not see anyone leave a cart outside the corral.

    It was almost like eerie, such good behavior.

  5. fillyjonk »

    2 September 2009 · 5:10 pm

    I’ve also seen stray carts blow into (and scratch the paint on) cars on windy days. My car is 10 years old, so I wouldn’t care so much, but if I had a new car, I’d be pretty ticked if it happened to me.

  6. Lynn »

    3 September 2009 · 11:17 am

    That’s a good idea but if I’m going to have to shell out a quarter (even one I’m going to get back) for a cart it darn well better roll straight and not go “bumpity-bumpity-bumpity-bumpity”.

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