Rogue Shopping Carts
A Mrs. Thevictorian recently posted about an accident her son had returning a grocery shopping cart to the grocery shopping cart corral.
It is a funny story but what I took note of was that the Thevictorian’s actually return their carts to the cart corral. I thought I was the only one who does this.
At our local markets, the lot is strewn with shopping carts. Shoppers routinely leave the carts exactly where they last had them while unloading their car.
This is a pet peeve of mine.
There are at all shopping lots multiple cart corrals, and yet people leave their carts all over. When looking for a parking spot, I often have to get out and move one of these strewn about carts in order to get into a space. When the wind blows ever so slightly, these carts will begin to move and they will not stop until they make contact with something…generally a car. If you shop at a supermarket in my neck of New Jersey you will have dents and or scratches on your car from a runaway shopping cart.
This cranky old man is never guilty of such an offence. I always make sure to return my cart to its corral.
Is there anything that could force derelict shoppers into returning their carts to their proper place? Signs imploring people to return their carts go unheeded. Would a shopping lot patrol enforcing cart returns end the issue? Probably not. The supermarket does have hired help retrieving carts, but they cannot keep up with all those anti-cart-returners.
There is an answer. At a shopping center we use when down at the shore, in order to take out a cart you need to put a quarter in a lock (this is hard for me to explain, take my word for it) when you properly return you cart, you are able to release your quarter.
There are no rogue carts in this lot. NONE! For the most part, all those people who do not give a crap about loose carts and other people’s cars suddenly care very much. What all the signs and enforcers are unable to achieve, a simple quarter a cart return fee does. People who save every coupon and wait for double coupon days, will not leave their cart and lose a quarter. They all return their carts. If they forget, there are cart watchers just waiting to return that cart and collect the quarter for themselves.
I only wish all problems had such an easy solution.