It’s something that’s both funny and infuriating and, as far as I’m concerned, sums up what’s wrong with today’s society.
Of course, I’m being overdramatic in saying this, but I think you’ll get my point in a moment.
I was driving home the other day and passed an apartment complex in Mays Landing. What I saw there made me turn around and turn around to take a closer look.
Now this complex is just around the corner from a mall that has a Walmart. Since it’s less than a mile from A to B and you can get there in less than 15 minutes, many people walk to Walmart to get what they need. Certainly nothing wrong with that.
However, it’s safe to assume that once people buy their stuff, they load everything into a shopping cart and then use that cart to take it all home.
Here’s the fun and confusing part:
Apparently none of these shopping carts ever return to the store.
There are about 24 Walmart shopping carts all lined up outside this apartment complex – similar to when you get one from the store itself.
So if you’re using a cart to take your stuff home (which I guess could be considered theft since you’re taking the cart), take the cart back to the store the next time you go. Don’t take a new one every time.
I am not disparaging the people who use these carts. Obviously, if I had to haul a ton of groceries home, I’d look for the easiest way to do it. I don’t punch people for doing that. But what I mean is, someone at Walmart now has to figure out a way to get those two dozen shopping carts back to the store. And that costs time and money.
And it’s not just this apartment complex. Walmart shopping carts are everywhere within a mile of this store. I’ve seen them near Hamilton Mall along stretches of Black Horse Pike. Heck, they’ve even been used to convey weird messages.
The apartment complex shopping carts made me think of what you occasionally see on Facebook where people argue about the virtues of whether or not to return the shopping carts when you’re done with them. The “shopping cart theory” says you’re a bad, inconsiderate person if you just leave your shopping cart in the middle of a parking lot instead of taking it back to the store or putting it in those cart corrals.
Either way, take that damn cart back to the store, either when you’re done, or at the very least the next time you go. Don’t make it someone else’s problem.