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Thread #148635   Message #3452913
Posted By: Don Firth
16-Dec-12 - 02:55 PM
Thread Name: BS: A word that means more than stupid
Subject: RE: BS: A word that means more than stupid
Ever try to negotiate a grocery store in a wheelchair?

In one aspect, shopping carts are not a problem because I'm my own shopping cart.

But from my own observations, a large part of the problem is that, after the store has provided shopping carts for peoples' convenience, most people are too damned lazy to take the cart back into the store for someone else to use. They pile the stuff in their cars and leave the shopping cart sitting there in the parking lot for other people to steer around or back over.

Some stores put the shopping cart frame outside in the parking lot near the door, but people still can't be bothered to return the cart to the frame.

As far as seat belts for children on the carts, IF the person returns the cart to its rightful place, THEY could take a few seconds to make sure the belts don't get tangled with the other carts.

Contemplate for a moment how much of a hassle shopping carts are for a store.

Many customers are not exactly the shiniest dimes in the till.

Case in point:    I'm in my electric wheelchair (capable of 6.5 mph, which is a fair jogging speed) moving down the aisle of a supermarket, heading toward a particular section of the store at a pretty fair walking speed when some gink behind me decides I'm not moving fast enough for him. So he tries to shove past me. But there isn't quite room for a passing lane in the aisle.

I wasn't aware he was there until one of my power wheels ran over his foot!

He did quite a little dance, holding the foot with the tire mark across the instep in two hands while he hopped up and down on his other foot and howled!

I was tempted to applaud.

I sometimes think that people of normal intelligence tend to check their brains at the door of supermarkets. . . .

Don Firth