I watched helplessly the other day as a rude shopper at Wal-mart let her shopping cart fly across the parking lot after loading her purchases into her giant SUV. The cart sped across the parking lot before crashing into the side of my brand-new car, leaving a small dent and scratch in the passenger-side door.
I watched helplessly the other day as a rude shopper at Walmart let her shopping cart fly across the parking lot after loading her purchases into her giant SUV. The cart sped across the parking lot before crashing into the side of my brand-new car, leaving a small dent and scratch in the passenger-side door.
I would have loved to ask her if it would have been that much of an inconvenience to return the cart to the chute less than 30 feet away, but she jumped in the gas guzzler and sped away — but not before she ran a stop sign and nearly hit a mother and her two small children in the crosswalk.
Aldi has a good thing going with their shopping cart system. Put a quarter in, use the cart, return the cart, get your quarter back. Not only does the parking lot always look clean, there are no projectiles-on-wheels flying around looking for cars to hit.
Express lane 101
While we’re on the subject of shopping, let’s discuss express checkout lanes. If a lane has a sign on it that reads “8 items or fewer,” it means if you have more than eight items, you need to go to a different lane.
Coupons should be included in this category. Seven items + six coupons = 13 items, find another lane. Also, they are called express lanes for a reason, If you are going to need extra assistance buying lottery tickets, cigarettes or plan on paying in pennies, find another lane.
No need to phone a friend
As a drugstore cashier in high school nothing would irritate me more than someone coming thorough the checkout line talking on their cell phone, especially if they were using a Bluetooth.
I realize you are a very important person, but unless you are in the middle of working out a major emergency, end the call, check out, and call the person back later. If you are having an emergency, you probably shouldn’t be cruising the "As Seen on TV" aisle.
Lynn Brennan writes for The Evening Tribune.