Well, it’s really not so much about Walmart, except that they’re in yet ANOTHER reorganization of their stock. Just about the time I get it all memorized, they go and change it again. I wonder why they put the candy in the same aisle as the soup.
It’s more about some of the customers there who use those electronic carts, as I do.
Convenient, easy to use.
So what’s the problem?
The people who use them but have no thought for anyone else who needs the carts.
Leaving them in the parking lot. Leaving them blocking the lobby. Not plugging them in, so they’re unusable until they’re recharged. Using them as a comfy place to take a smoke break when there are no more left for people who need them.
When I entered the store today, there were three carts available. Only one was plugged in. The other two were left sitting right where the occupant left them, blocking the entrance and blocking access to the only usable cart. Also, people had left other, regular carts helter-skelter, blocking access to the electric ones as well.
In order to get to the one that was plugged in, I had to go find a guy who could move the other two and help me clear the regular carts out of the way.
Granted, it’s not an earthshaking, life-changing disaster. On the Richter Scale, it would be negligible. A tempest in a teapot. And it will not ruin my life. Not even my day.
It does puzzle me, though, that the people who need these carts, who rely on them, can be so careless and haphazard about parking them properly and plugging them in for the next person.
Ranks right up there with the putz who grabs the last seat on the bus and leaves a frail little old lady standing in the aisle; or the person who reaches across you and takes both of the last two cartons of milk that you were clearly interested in. Or a kid I remember in one of my classes who pushed a girl aside so he could get to the head of the line. He told me that boys always come ahead of girls.
He knows better now.
These folks would get a big “Needs Improvement” on their kindergarten report cards in the categories “Is Considerate and Polite” and “Plays well with others.”