To return the basket or not to return the basket? That is the question. But actually, that shouldn’t be a question at all.
Returning a cart to the corral when you’re done is one of my pet peeves. Personally, I’m the guy who not only returns my cart, but when I get to the coral, I’ll organize the carts, and even separate them into the correct sizes (It’s really just a Wegmans thing… You’re welcome, the Helping Hand team).
Some time ago someone posted the “shopping cart theory” on the interwebs, check it out here.
It goes so far as to say that those who do not return their cart are savages, and I somewhat agree.
The full theory reads as follows:
The shopping cart is the ultimate test of whether a person is capable of self-government.
Flipping the basket is an easy and convenient task that we all recognize as the correct and proper thing to do. Returning the basket is objectively fair.
There are no situations other than serious emergencies in which a person is unable to return care. At the same time, it is not illegal to abandon your cart. Therefore, the shopping cart stands as the supreme example of whether a person will do the right thing without being forced to do it.
No one will punish you for not returning the basket, no one will find you or kill you for not returning the basket. You must return the basket out of the goodness of your heart. You must return the basket because it is the right thing to do. Because it is right.
It doesn’t take much effort to get the cart back to its rightful place, and it can save a lot of other people a headache. The wind can blow the cart through the parking lot, creating an obstacle course for you to navigate when you get to the store. It can also damage your car. I was the victim of a renegade cart that dug into the side of my car, and I wasn’t too happy.
People are definitely on both sides of the fence.
When I go to a store where I know I’m going to use a shopping cart I go so far as to look for a parking spot near the shopping cart corral so when I’m done it’s a short walk from my car and easy peasy .
So the question is Western New York, do you return your cart when you’re done or just leave it loose in the parking lot like a savage?
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