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.