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Letter: Shopping stupidity 1.0


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This is an open letter to rid myself of frustration directed at the stupidity and brazen conduct of some shoppers.

Today -March 2- it is a depressing day, with snow squalls and getting very windy out. I decide to go to Barrington to pick up several items at the No Frills Grocery Store. I parked in the car park in front of the store and surveyed the people who were returning with their groceries to their vehicles.

I noticed a mother with her teenage son walk to a van, parked three spaces ahead of mine.

This person started putting groceries in her van. The son stood looking at himself in the passenger window all the while grooming his hair. He then pulled the door open and climbed into the front seat without lifting one item for his mother. I thought  "Oh boy, I would have made him help.”

Then I watched her put her six pack of Pepsi away and get her yellow grocery cart ready to take back to the stand.

This woman walks around the front of her van to the driver’s side and parks the yellow cart by the driver’s door, stops to fuddle with the handle of the cart then climbs in.

And she unconcernedly drives away.

I sat and watched as her cart now abandoned, sitting in a big empty four spaced parking area which was getting the full thrust of wind raking toward it, causing it to wobble. Minutes later the cart took off and came careening and bouncing towards all the cars parked in the lot. It bounced off a number of parked cars and came to a stop next to me. I jumped out of the car and grabbed the cart before it could bounce around any more. I marched it back to the buggy corral at the store front, all the while cursing the stupidity of a thoughtless person. To my surprise she had even removed her Looney as well. Not that I wanted the Looney, but my mind thought," Gee she had to have had a knife or file to jack the Looney from its slot. "

What annoys me about this situation is that this grown person carried a tool to jack her Looney as well as drove away without so much as a thought of how much damage her abandoned cart would do to other parked cars.

 This could potentially have been a liability to the store owner if the abandoned cart had of been left any longer to rumble and bang round the parking lot unattended. This also shows she is very used to doing this sort of thing because why jack the Looney with the precision of a skilled surgeon.

Lastly look at the ethical values she is teaching her son.

I have ethics and took the cart back so it wouldn't damage my car as well as the others that were parked there, and I do know that sometimes you can’t wake a sleeping conscience.

 

Veronica Smith - Hopkins 

Cape Sable Island

 

 

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