Everybody knows how I feel about people who don’t return their shopping carts.
I can’t stand them. And yes. I judge the shit out of them.
I am not talking about senior citizens who can barely walk. I’m not talking about the physically challenged. I’m not talking about moms who go shopping with a newborn and two kids under the age of 5.
I am talking about able bodied adults with no children in tow who are not in a rush.
They comprise approximately 90% of the people who do not return their carts.
I know this because I watch you. I watch all of you.
And I am bothered by you.
Because what you are doing affects me.
If you want to be lazy and sit in your car with your blinker on for five minutes waiting while someone loads all their stuff in their car rather than walking twenty more feet from a parking space that’s open but a little farther away, that’s fine. Go for it.
Quite frankly, I don’t get that either. I mean, you’d get inside the store faster if you just pulled into the space that was a little farther away.
Your opposition to walking as few steps as possible to get to your destination doesn’t affect me. So sit there as long as you want.
But the decision to not return your cart affects other people.
Yesterday I posted this picture on Facebook.
Yeah. I got a fucking t-shirt.
It’s kind of a joke.
But not really.
Someone commented when I posted that picture,
You do realize that is actually someone’s job to go get them? Hello? Wow!
Real world problems….
Ummmmm… HELLO. WOW.
This is a real world problem.
And people who believe it’s not their responsibility to return their carts are at the root of it. Forget the obesity epidemic that we have going on.
We have an epidemic of people not thinking about other people. Of people only out for themselves. Of people not taking care of the planet, and of people not taking care of other people.
And yes. I believe that as human beings, we have an obligation to look out for other people.
Another woman said,
I blame the grocery stores. They are the lazy ones.
What. The fuck.
PEOPLE. The reason grocery stores had to start hiring more employees to return the carts is because so many people stopped returning them. It wasn’t always a thing.
This is a new thing. A holy-shit-people-are-lazy-slobs thing.
I asked my 71-year-old mom if I was off base. I asked her if, back in the day, she never had to return her cart. If people followed her around like she was Queen Elizabeth, just waiting to clean up after her.
I knew what the answer was.
No. They didn’t.
Sure, stores need to send someone out to the cart corral to collect the carts every so often. But those people shouldn’t have to walk all around the parking lot continuously for eight hours a day because people are fucking self-centered and lazy.
Oh yeah. I called all you non-cart returners self-centered and lazy.
Then there was this woman:
I can see how grocery carts are priority since all important issues on the planet have been solved.
No, this isn’t murder. It’s not cancer. It’s not terrorism. It’s not child abuse or sexual assault or suicide.
But (in)equality and hate crimes and bigotry and the lack of treating people with basic human decency are issues in this country. So is bullying. Entitlement. And not the desire, but the exponentially growing demand for instant gratification.
I think those are MAJOR issues that are at the root of many of our society’s problems right now.
And while returning your cart isn’t anything close to bullying, it’s thoughtless. It’s rude. It’s inconsiderate. And it’s symptomatic of a much larger societal problem.
But those are also things we can change. Right now.
We may not have the cure for cancer.
We may not have the solution to end terrorism.
But these are basic kindergarten principles.
Have respect for your surroundings. Have respect for other people. Put things back where you found them. Clean your shit up. And don’t be an asshole.
Peoples’ refusal to return their carts takes up dozens of parking spaces.
It puts dents and scratches in cars.
By needing to hire people to clean up after you, it ultimately results in higher prices at the grocery store.
It is also indicative of a larger fundamental issue.
That you really just don’t give a fuck.
I think not giving a fuck is a pretty big world problem.
Lucky for you, you have the power to change that.
One shopping cart at a time.