Here's something I struggle with on a daily basis. How hard is it to take a freaking cart back into the store, or to the cart wrangler. I've seen carts sitting in spaces that were only three spaces away from the cart wrangler.
I'm a lazy guy. I'm not playing here, I am one lazy guy. But even I will take a cart back into the store or to the cart wrangler.
Just the other day I pulled into the lot of the local store with my son and there sitting on the sidewalk in front a of the store was a cart. My first thought was to snatch that cart up and take it into the store. But I didn't. I couldn't.
Want to know why?
My son got to it first.
I was so proud.
Aldi. Their grocery prices are amazing. So low in fact, that when we first went, I assumed the food had all gone bad, or was of a horrible quality, to be at the cheap a price. But no, their food ranges from fine to delicious.
One of the ways they keep their prices so low: They make you put a down payment of 25¢ on their shopping carts. You have to actually insert a quarter into a chained lock to get the cart out. You get the quarter back when you return the cart. I'm amazed it works so well. You don't see ANY carts sitting out in the lot. Amazing how important 25¢ can be to a person.
And before you assume people are "buying" 25¢ carts, and just taking off with them, the carts have a mechanism that keeps it from going too far away from the store. I have no idea how it works, but the cart locks up at a certain distance.
I wish they ran movie theaters. I bet they'd pay people 25¢ to not bring their infants to R rated movies. But that's a strip for another day.
#50: THE SHOPPING CART CAPER - PART ONE
Posted by Steeven R. Orr at Tuesday, February 10, 2015