- Posted February 19, 2014 by
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Shopping carts in the wild
One common theme that I have noticed while keeping my eyes open for shopping carts is they all seem to be concentrated in lower income areas. I see them stacked up by abandoned buildings, strewn along bus routes and deposited behind dumpsters in random apartment complexes.
Here is a mother and her child pushing one home. I can't blame a mother for doing anything she can to get groceries home to her kids. I've done this before as well. One could make the argument that these folks are actually doing us a favor by foregoing the use of a car in a world that already has entirely too many of them anyway. Pushing your grocery cart home emits zero harmful emissions to the atmosphere.
What if grocery stores just made carts available for loyal customers without vehicles to keep for themselves? When you don't have a car going to the grocery store becomes such an inconvenience. You have to beg someone to drive you to the store, do your shopping with you, and take you home. Sure the first couple of times your family members who have a car are happy to help, but eventually people start to get tired of you always asking for that same favor. You become the person that people start to avoid because a visit with you always ends up with them having to do you some sort of favor. Trust me, none of us like being that person.
Somehow just returning shopping carts to the store doesn't seem to really help anyone or solve the problem. Is it possible that local grocery store chains could create some sort of system that makes it easier for people without cars to get their groceries home? Maybe put some shopping carts in the low income neighborhoods that are specifically used for those of us who can't afford or just don't want to drive. Just a thought.