Put it back!

Seriously folks, I was taught that if you take something out and use it, you put it back in the same place. Open something? Close it when you’re done.

I get very frustrated when I go to my local supermarket. People load up their shopping trolleys, shlepp their spoils to their vans, unload into the trunk, and just leave the carts there, or just nonchalantly give them a little nudge so that they cross the parking lot and end up bumping into the sidewalk in front of the store. How hard is it to walk it back to where you took it from, outside of the store, all line up ready for other shoppers?

I even shlepp it back in the snow and the rain (ok, if the boys are with me, they shlepp it back). It’s called being considerate. It’s called doing things the right way. Am I a dying breed? Do people not even care about the small things?

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  1. Yes, you are a dying breed. :)

  2. Being disrespectful of public property is no small matter! I also take my cart back through snow etc., even when it means taking my baby out of the car again!

  3. lady lock and load says:

    I guess they figure that the store has employees that periodically go out to the parking lot and put the shopping “trolleys” (snicker) back in front of the store in the line up. Costco also has employees whose job it is to corral the shopping trolleys.
    Actually, I would love it if they had a trolley to take me around the store to do my shopping, especially when I am low on sleep and have a big shopping to do. ;)

  4. Mike S. says:

    I would be more sympathetic to your complaint had a supermarket employee not just yelled at me for taking an empty cart (which is how we call those things in the US :) ) from the parking lot toward the store to begin shopping. Apparently he was supposed to count them, and shoppers who just took them back were messing up his count.

  5. Batya says:

    I work in a clothing store and you wouldn’t believe the mess people leave…

  6. BB says:

    I hope not! DH and I either put the stuff back or give it to the check-out person at the register.

  7. Raphi says:

    You are right. You are better than everyone else. I wish everyone was as amazing as you are.

  8. Frayda says:

    I agree 100%. Returning the cart is the right thing to do. The worst is when people leave their cart in the middle of the parking lot and block perfectly good parking spots.

  9. Brenda Mommy says:

    I also got told off recently. I had my oldest and was trying to teach him to help an elderly gentleman by returning the cart for him (also so we could use it to shop) but the cart collector (older, not-a-teenager-man, who barely spoke English) was there and couldn’t understand why I wanted to take it back to the store

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