The Grocery Store Shopping Cart Struggle Is Real
I've noticed a trend with supermarket shopping carts. They lock the wheels on the carts when you get so far. This is because of the rising homeless population in this country.
When you're homeless, you don't have a place to keep your stuff. Yes, even homeless people have things. Suddenly, the shopping cart comes in very handy. Wherever you go, you can bring your stuff with you.
I have no doubt that shopping centers are losing money on lost and damaged carts. Over time, that's not insignificant, so they had to come up with a plan to keep those shopping carts from leaving the premises.
People who don't drive but live within walking distance of the grocery store suffer for this. They might borrow the shopping cart and bring it back to the premises, but now they can't do that.
There was a time when I was doing the same thing, and they started bringing in these shopping carts with the wheels that lock right around the time I was still doing it.
This is not a perfect system. I've witnessed the shopping cart wheels locking up before people even make it back to their cars in the parking lot. They have several bags of items, and now they have to carry bags one at a time from a cart that's stuck in the middle of the parking lot to their vehicles.
It's kind of sad that the grocery stores have resorted to this kind of tactic. I guess it's a sign of the times. Hopefully they can fix it to where it's at least customer friendly. There's no reason paying customers should be given this inconvenience. Then again, stores don't even give you a bag for your groceries anymore without charging you for it.
Image Credit »