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      Saturday, December 31, 2005

01:43 PM - 12/31/2005

The topic: Ya ever get into a shouting match with a stranger?


I did this afternoon.  You all know that one of my pet peeves is people who don’t take their empty carts back to a cart rack.  It just irritates the snot out of me.

So, today, we go to CostCo.  First we got cat food (120 lbs), then went to CostCo.  We got what we needed and while Brian was unloading the cart, the two people next to us just left their carts.  Now, one of them pushed her cart next to a really, really nice BMW.  And I said to Brian “do you think the owner of that BMW will be a little upset to see the cart so close to his car?”  Brian said “probably”.  So, I moved the cart to the cart rack.  As I was doing this, a woman in her early thirties, driving a large lifted Ford, an Expedition I think, was unloading her cart.  I went over and got the empty cart that was in the space next to hers and walked it over the the cart rack.  As I did this, she pushed her empty cart into the space that was next to hers, putting the wheels up onto this little thing where there was a tree.  I just looked at her.

I went over and took her cart (very dramatic) and walked it over to the cart rack and yelled “lazy, stupid people”.  Now, her window was up, but she could tell that I was just a little bit irritated.  By this time, Brian had unloaded our cart.  I kept shooting nasty looks at this woman who just left her cart in the space.  Honestly, it just irritates the hell out of me.  I don’t know why it does, but it does.

So, I take our cart to the cart rack, still shooting daggers and she rolls her window down as I’m getting ready to get into our car.  She yelled out “do you work here?”  I say “no”.  She says “then it’s not your job, you shouldn’t worry about it.”  Excuse me?  I yelled back that she’s lazy and inconsiderate.  She said she didn’t see the rack.  I’m like WHAT!?  Anyway, I think I made her day.  *lol*

When I got into the car, I told Brian about it (he was there and didn’t catch some of it, he doesn’t always pay attention).  When I repeated the part about “it’s not my job” Brian was just as amazed as mine.  Can you imagine a world where nobody did anything above and over “their job”?  What if this woman’s kid fell into a pool and nobody jumped in to save her because it wasn’t “their job”?  Where do you draw the line?  In the time it took her to push that cart up onto the little berm, she could have very well taken it to the rack.

Damn, this irritates me.

Brian didn’t use to say things to people, but he does now.  And he makes a point to them that I never even considered. 

He’ll ask of someone who just leaves their cart “have you ever been hit by one of these things?  Had one shoved into your car in a parking lot?  Well, I have and it cost me fifteen hundred dollars to get the damage taken care of.”  That would probably work a whole lot better than my way.


I do wonder if that woman will push her cart back the next time, just in case some old fat broad starts shouting at her.  And it would be good if she actually started a dialog with others.  Maybe some people might start being a little more considerate.

It bugs me too and it seems like people always push them into the handicap spots..Hello?

Posted by PJ @ Sunday, January 01, 2006 - 2:51:07 PM

BRAVO!  I have rescued carts, too.  Never had a shouting match, though.  Might be a nice stress reliever.

Posted by Lisa @ Sunday, January 01, 2006 - 7:46:07 PM

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