When the HyVee grocery stores in Sioux Falls began their face-lifts (so pretty) a couple of years ago, they added smaller shopping carts to the mix of jumbo carts you often see being pushed around by the parents with 3 children in tow. The jumbo carts are perfect for families. They can be loaded with 5 boxes of cereal, 3 gallons of milk, 25 cans of soup, 13 boxes of Mac and Cheese, 20 bags of frozen veggies, an economy size bottle of detergent, 12 rolls of toilet paper, and various other tools of the family trade.
|Econo-Cart. Like those big assed vans from the 70's meant for hauling all your stoner friends... except it's for groceries!|
The timing was perfect. I was trying to eat healthier and I found that if you use the smaller cart you tend to stick to buying necessities rather than 3 bags of Doritos and 2 boxes of snack cakes on top of the already sodium and preservative laden foods in the center aisles. The small cart is also perfect for me now. With my son at his father's and my daughter preferring to exist solely on Ramen noodle cups, my grocery shopping is almost completely limited to produce, meats, and Healthy Choice meals. By Healthy Choice meals I mean wine, of course.
|The Geo Metro of shopping baskets. Saves you money because you can't put too much crap in it.|
Adding the smaller carts hasn't been without it's drawbacks, though. For instance, I'm a speed walker. These cute little baskets have a steel bar that happens to be right about shin level. I have countless bruises because I have yet to commit this fact to memory. They are also a bit less than ideal when you are shopping for a party of people and you are half way through the trip and realize you're woefully short of space for that extra box of Franzia (who are we kidding? I love my friends but I am not blowing my wad on expensive wine... that is for me and hidden from the guests).
More than that, the convenient little buggers have created a whole new level of inconsiderate jerk in the community. Are we all familiar with the concept of a cart corral? It's where you put your cart once you've placed your groceries in your vehicle. It looks like this...
Now I realize that after a long day at work you are probably feeling a bit tired. You've made your way to the store and walked the aisles gathering nourishment for yourself and possibly others. Waiting in line behind the woman with 54345737 coupons followed by the elderly woman who wants an explanation of the pricing on each individual item she will inevitably purchase anyway was also no small trial. I get it. It's a bit of a drag. You made your way out of the store with your goods and trudged to the car and transferred the bags into the trunk. You're no sissy. You don't need drive up service! Good for you! Look at you go! You're almost done. You'll soon be heading home, but first you need to locate the cart corral and put this baby in the return!
So we can see by the pictures of the carts above that they are not the same size or even the same shape. This is not a visual trick of any kind. In real life they look just as different. Yet when you got to the cart corral and noticed there was one row for the small carts and one row for the big carts.... you half ass shoved your little cart into the line of big carts. Sure, they pay kids to go out and collect the carts periodically. Sure, there's another corral on the other side of the lot if this one gets full.
You see they fit together nicely if you put them in correctly and follow the pattern. Patterning... it's something you learn in Kindergarten, remember? This isn't a diversity issue where you should feel obligated to mix things up. This is a simple task you jackass. Your cart goes with the like carts. You irritate me only slightly less than the asshat that leaves their cart in the parking lot 2 spaces from the corral. Seriously? If I were the cart collecting kid... I would memorize the look of your car/truck and the next time I saw you come into the store I would go out and slash your tires.
Perhaps I'm overreacting? Perhaps I have slight OCD? What sort of inexplicable pet-peeve rage do you suffer from?