Shopping Carts

“Sorry, sir, these are the smallest baskets we got!” exclaimed Peter at the grocery store, pointing me towards the half-size shopping carts, “All our baskets got stolen!”

When I buy groceries I usually buy them from Cooper’s, right down the street. Mona does too. When I don’t need a lot, I walk there. When I am stocking up for a week or two, I drive down the block so I don’t have to try to balance grocery bags while crossing the street. When Mona doesn’t need a lot, she takes the bus to Cooper’s, which is the nearest and cheapest grocery store around. When Mona is stocking up for a week or two, she takes the bus, because she doesn’t have a car. Mona has to sit with her groceries at the bus stop, haul all her shopping bags aboard for the stop or two between her house and the store, and then haul them off the bus and down a block or two to her home. This really limits Mona’s ability to stock up and increases the amount of time and money she has to spend at the grocery store.

If I lived far enough from the grocery store that walking was tough, maybe I’d steal a basket or a grocery cart too. I’ll bring it back and use it next time, right?

2 thoughts on “Shopping Carts

  1. I’m sure many in urban and rural areas can relate to Mona. Perhaps more people in small towns have accesst o vehicles based on the spread out nature of lifestyles, but many rely on walking as well. It’d be neat if the stores could implement a sort of “basket-loyalty program” to benefit both the store and the customer. Something like, loan a basket out to customer or have one assigned to a customer and each time the customer brings it back, get X% or $X discount, etc. Possibly place a small deposit on the basket or something.

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