Sunday, January 23, 2011

When Shopping Carts Attack!

It's what all driver's fear. The normally benign and friendly shopping cart, set free in the parking lot, goes berserk and plows into an innocent car. It's not that the shopping cart is acting alone. No, it has help. That person who for some unknown reason refuses to walk a few steps to the nearest cart corral and return their cart.
Thankfully, this story has a happy ending.
Hubby and I were at the grocery store early Saturday morning. We'd returned to our car and were just getting ready to leave when the wind pushed a lone cart toward our car. Hubby tried to jump out to stop it, but forgot he'd already snapped his seatbelt on. By the time he got out of the car it was too late, the cart had already hit us. Thankfully, it wasn't going too fast and there was no real damage. Same thing happened to my mother's car a few years ago and they sustained quite a bit of damage and it cost them to have it fixed.
I think it's a great idea to use the carts to carry your stuff out to your car. But, if you do use it, you really need to return it to the cart corral. Or, if they don't have one, take it back to the store. It's a few seconds of time that could save someone else hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars in repairs.
Oh, and in case you're wondering, hubby took the cart to the cart corral so it couldn't attack any other unsuspecting people. :)


anny cook said...

That's one thing I really like about Baltimore. Such a high percentage of people return their carts, everyone else feels like the "have to" return theirs!

Love peer preasure!

N.J.Walters said...

Peer pressure can work for good sometimes, Anny. :)

Amber Skyze said...

Oh, this bugs me to no end. I always return my cart. Glad there was no damage.

N.J.Walters said...

I'm glad there was no damange too.

Kat said...

At least no one was hurt. I saw a runaway cart a few years back that smacked into a kid. Broke his leg it hit him so hard.

N.J.Walters said...

That's horrible, Kat. That's what hubby said too. Better our car than some elderly person walking across the parking lot. Those carts can be dangerous when the wind takes them.