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doyenne's picture

Why do some shoppers leave their carts in one place while they roam the area? Today I pushed one cart ( loaded, no visible shopper ) out of my way four times as I went through the meat department. I encountered the same cart  in the produce department where it was parked first in front of the apples I wanted, then the grapes, then the blackberries, then the Mineolas, then the yams. I then pushed the damn thing into the floral department without a pang of guilt.


And what about the shoppers who decide to abandon food they don't want wherever they happen to be when the thought strikes them. Is it so much trouble to return the stuff to the proper department? Don't they realize that ultimately they pay the cost of spoilage?


I did have a lovely, gratifying moment of vengeance on the checkout line. The lady before me had a rather large order. While I was waiting to unload my cart, I saw her take a box of frozen vegetables and a box of cookies and put them on the rack with the magazines, across the conveyor belt. While I was emptying my cart, I saw that she was involved in digging out her credit card and paying no attention to what was being rung up. So I reached over, put the frozen veggies and the cookies back into her stuff still being rung up. I watched in total satisfaction as they were rung up, bagged and paid for.


I grinned all the way home.


 

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JoanneB17's picture

(post #43188, reply #1 of 108)

Made me grin, too! I shop so often (lack of organization rather than good cookery) that I use a hand-held basket, so circumvent the where-to-stash the cart problem.

UncleDunc's picture

(post #43188, reply #2 of 108)

For a really satisfying revenge, put expensive (but not perishable) stuff in the abandoned carts.

gbmom's picture

(post #43188, reply #49 of 108)

I do abandon my cart when my daughter who is with me needs to use the restroom. I put it out of the way by the registers though. I would be fuming if someone did that to me. What am I supposed to do take the cart with me to the restroom and get arrested or let my daughter pee in her pants?

Gretchen's picture

(post #43188, reply #58 of 108)

I didn't see anyone saying that at all. Perfectly reasonable.

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AnnL's picture

(post #43188, reply #3 of 108)

Oh, you little devil!  :-)


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deejeh's picture

(post #43188, reply #4 of 108)

I watched in total satisfaction as they were rung up, bagged and paid for.


LOL - I love that kind of subversive behaviour!


deej

gjander's picture

(post #43188, reply #5 of 108)

I'll confess to being somebody who parks my cart while I roam (though I only occasionally use a cart).  The reason I do it is that so many shoppers are cluelessly wandering around, blocking aisles, moving slowly, etc. that I can't maneuver around them as easily with a cart.  So, I try to find an out of the way place to use as home base while I get what I need. 

Adele's picture

(post #43188, reply #6 of 108)

What gets me are said people who leave their purses in the cart whilst roaming.

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

Jean's picture

(post #43188, reply #8 of 108)

Charlotte, you are a jewel!  Did you think that maybe the stuff she set aside were things that Uncle Dunc put in there b/c she left her cart in the way?? ROFL.

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MadMom's picture

(post #43188, reply #7 of 108)

You're my hero!  (...but you already knew that, didn't you?)



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jillsi's picture

(post #43188, reply #9 of 108)

Take a bow, girl. Take several!


We're proud of you.


Guerilla grocery techniques . . .


 


 

 

 

CookiM0nster's picture

(post #43188, reply #10 of 108)

My hero!

MEANCHEF's picture

(post #43188, reply #11 of 108)

Since I have been doing all of the food shopping for years I am very used to these WOMEN (and yes they are all women).  I torture the abusers in my grocery stores.  You leave your cart, you will have a hard time finding it again + it will have many added items.  You block the aisle, you will hear a bunch of crashing into your cart.  You inhibit my shopping, you will have a cart rip your ankles from behind.  I do not let these inconciderates spoil my day.

MadMom's picture

(post #43188, reply #14 of 108)

ITA about thoughtless shoppers, and yes, they are mostly women (although, aren't most grocery shoppers women?)  My personal pet peeve are the ones who leave their carts smack dab in the middle of the aisle, blocking everything.  Yes, those are the ones who should be pushed off into a black hole somewhere.  Honestly, I think that even better than adding stuff they don't want to the cart, it's better to take things out.  I know of nothing worse than making a trip to the grocery store and getting home without everything you went for.  Maybe the ideal is to remove a couple of important looking items and substitute some really gross things...like cream'o'crap soup or something equally useless...although these idiots would probably be thrilled to find that in their bags when they returned home. 



Not One More Day!
Not One More Dime! Not One More Life! Not One More Lie!

End the Occupation of Iraq -- Bring the Troops Home Now!

And Take Care of Them When They Get Here!

Jean's picture

(post #43188, reply #15 of 108)

You are diabolical. LOL I love it when they block the aisles chatting with a friend and then  act so surprised when after a little toe-tapping you say 'excuse me please'.  Like they never knew you were there grrrrr.


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Bethany's picture

(post #43188, reply #23 of 108)

You inhibit my shopping, you will have a cart rip your ankles from behind. 


You'd be very, very sorry if you smashed a cart into my ankles on purpose.


 


What are you gonna do today, Napoleon? 
Whatever I feel like I wanna do, gosh!

 

Napoleon, don't be jealous that I've been chatting online with babes all day. Besides, we both know that I'm training to be a cage fighter.

gbmom's picture

(post #43188, reply #50 of 108)

When I was 21 I had an older shopper do that to me. Wrecked the tendons in the back of my ankle. Had to call an ambulance. Needless to say that said older shopper went to court and paid for the damages that they did to my ankle

KarenP's picture

(post #43188, reply #27 of 108)

Since I have been doing all of the food shopping for years I am very used to these WOMEN (and yes they are all women). 


Sorry, you're wrong on this one. In fact the majority of cart leavers I know are men for just the reason Gjander pointed out.

mulch52's picture

(post #43188, reply #12 of 108)

If I may add to your rant... may I ask why it is that obviously amatuer grocery-shoppers insist on planting themselves and their carts in the middle of the while they review every single item?  I swear, I can hear them thinking "who knew there were so many kinds of bread?  which one am I supposed to get?"

samchang's picture

(post #43188, reply #13 of 108)

You must have never shopped in a 99 Ranch Market!

Bethany's picture

(post #43188, reply #16 of 108)

Today I shoved my cart in the corner, along the center frankenmeat case while I ran around behind it to get what meat I needed. Wanna know why? Because every freaking senior citizen from my town was in Shoprite today. Every single one! >:-(  They walk around slower than a snails pace, so the only way for me to get out of the store in UNDER 2 days is to park my cart somewhere and run to pick up my stuff.


Another horrible thing I do is grab a number at the deli and leave to do a percentage of my shopping if there are more than 6 people ahead of me. By the time I get back, it's my turn and I wasted no time.


Seriously, I'm not going to push my cart behind mobs of 70-90 yr old people because someone might no like my cart tucked away someplace. I don't leave it in aisles, it's always shoved someplace in a corner. I go to the store to get what I need and get out.


 


What are you gonna do today, Napoleon? 
Whatever I feel like I wanna do, gosh!

 

Napoleon, don't be jealous that I've been chatting online with babes all day. Besides, we both know that I'm training to be a cage fighter.

Jean's picture

(post #43188, reply #17 of 108)

You do know that there are a few very young septuagenarians participating here. Careful what you say about your elders. With luck you'll be one too some day.

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A  clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
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MadMom's picture

(post #43188, reply #18 of 108)

You durn tootin'!  Besides, some septuagenarian might just take her frozen food and put it back in her basket when she isn't looking.



Not One More Day!
Not One More Dime! Not One More Life! Not One More Lie!

End the Occupation of Iraq -- Bring the Troops Home Now!

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Bethany's picture

(post #43188, reply #20 of 108)

I said I was a "cart stasher" not a "put frozen food on a box of cereal" person.


That's totally not cool. I do take food seriously. Enough at least NOT to put an unwanted steak on a can of hairspray.


 


What are you gonna do today, Napoleon? 
Whatever I feel like I wanna do, gosh!

 

Napoleon, don't be jealous that I've been chatting online with babes all day. Besides, we both know that I'm training to be a cage fighter.

Bethany's picture

(post #43188, reply #19 of 108)

Hey... I love my friendly neighborhood seniors as much as the next guy. Heck... my most favorite person in the world is my Nana, who is 92 yrs old. That doesn't mean I want to be stuck behind her and her girlfriends at the grocery store. :-)

 


What are you gonna do today, Napoleon? 
Whatever I feel like I wanna do, gosh!

 

Napoleon, don't be jealous that I've been chatting online with babes all day. Besides, we both know that I'm training to be a cage fighter.

doyenne's picture

(post #43188, reply #22 of 108)

Bethany baby--I'll  be 78 in July and I'm here to tell you that the lady who kept abandoning her cart had not yet seen thirty. Nor had the young woman chatting on her cellphone while lingering over the cereal displays. Or the two young mothers deep in conversation, blocking part of an aisle, oblivious to the fact that one of the toddlers accompanying them was biting each apple  she could put her hands on.


Stereotypes anyone?


 

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MadMom's picture

(post #43188, reply #24 of 108)

You go get em, girl!



Not One More Day!
Not One More Dime! Not One More Life! Not One More Lie!

End the Occupation of Iraq -- Bring the Troops Home Now!

And Take Care of Them When They Get Here!

Bethany's picture

(post #43188, reply #26 of 108)

Go get who? Me? What the heck did I say that was so wrong?? Seriously.... go back and read. What was so bad?

 


What are you gonna do today, Napoleon? 
Whatever I feel like I wanna do, gosh!

 

Napoleon, don't be jealous that I've been chatting online with babes all day. Besides, we both know that I'm training to be a cage fighter.

roxanna's picture

(post #43188, reply #29 of 108)

i am not quite in my dotage, still on the fair side of 60 (tho not for long), and i have had a good chuckle over a lot of these replies.  [especially the toddler biting the apples, LOL! ]...


 as to dealing with the poky elderly, i had to smile, as my DH many years ago, when he was in his 30s, used to have flames coming out his ears whenever we were at the AF commissary on the retirees' day to shop.  the moans, the groans -- all sotto voce, thankfully -- the impatience he displayed.... i always reminded him that one day HE would be retired military, too -- "one of THEM", so he'd better think kindly thoughts.  and now he is one of them indeed, and somehow his point of view has changed along the way, heehee.   =)

PauHana's picture

(post #43188, reply #30 of 108)

As a sexagenarian–and–a-half,  I will admit to being short of patience with clueless grocery store shoppers of all ages.
I have been known to ‘impart wisdom’ when the ‘owner’ of the shopping cart in the middle of the aisle hears the metallic click-click-thump & watches their cart careen aimlessly down the aisle.  Those who ‘get it’ may be less of a hindrance next time they are in front of you.  (No need to thank me.)
J


The person totally engaged in the cell-phone call with their cart completely blocking anyone from gaining access to the following aisle will find my cart about a quarter inch from their navel until they wake up and comment “Oh – I’m sorry – was I blocking you?”  At which point, I will reply in an even but not menacing voice:  “Yes, you were.”


 


Certain sub-cultures over here (Hawaii), seem to consider shopping carts a viable alternative to hockey without skates or a rink.  These matches can prove to be nasty.


Hmm… I wonder if they meant to write:
¼ tsp of cayenne pepper instead of ¼ lb ?
Oh well – too late to worry about it now !

 

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