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@whywiki (6070)
Canada
February 18, 2008 9:58am CST
I don't know if these things are worldwide or just local but....I am talking about those little shopping carts that kids can wheel around the grocery store. Whose stupid idea were these? You are trying to shop which isn't a great time to start then you have these kids with there own shopping cart and like driving they shouldn't be allowed to maneuver these carts until a certain age. This is my pet peeve of the week. Do these things annoy you too or do you think it is oh so cute!?
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13 responses
• United States
18 Feb 08
I have never seen this yet. I would love to have had this around my way. I find it would be great to teach kids how to shop for food and needs. I see enough adults leaving their cars in the center of the isles already. If one had patience to just say excuse me. I would not find it a problem. people are kidnapped,raped,etc. Those are the things that would piss me off. Not a sweet child pushing around a shopping cart. The adults who have no control over their kids. Those are the parents who should leave the kids home. Not all parents have wild kids. But,I see enough of them around the store to. Telling the child over and over I am going to give you time out etc. Please get control of your kids and shop like everyone else.
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@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
18 Feb 08
Adults should be taught how to shop too. Another pet peeve is when two friends each with a cart meet in mid isle to catch up on gossip and totally oblivious to the world around them. You are right it is the bad parenting that makes for these little terrors running all over the store running into stuff and people with these stupid little carts.
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• United States
19 Feb 08
I've seen it. OMG! It's bad enough to shop during peak hours, but that's the safest time too, unfortunately! The kids do not know how to operate them, they block the aisles, they bump into everything, and I think it's dangerous. As for friends who stop and gab in the middle of the aisle, I tend to melt down because after I say, "Excuse me," I've had them turn and say, "We're talking!" I usually reply with, "And you're inconsiderate too! You can talk where you aren't standing in the way."
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
19 Feb 08
Nothing worse than when they are rude verbally after they block the aisle, I admit I have said a few rude replies too!
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• United States
18 Feb 08
Oh crips if I had maneuver around children in the grocery stores, along with the adults who do not care that they are taking up the whole isle too, I would probably have a melt down in the stores. I have thnkfully not seen this one Whywiki.
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@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
18 Feb 08
You are lucky, my hubby almost had a meltdown over one yesterday.
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@ElicBxn (60044)
• United States
18 Feb 08
I actually think its cute, but since I've never seen on in a regular grocery store or walmart, only in places like a pet store i guess I have fewer objections. Lets make sure you understand this - I don't really like kids. I don't have kids, I never wanted kids. I think its cute - depending on the place. Kids at grocery stores, Walmart or other discount place, or a place that sells breakables, should be seat belted into place.
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@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
18 Feb 08
I think it would be cute too, just not in a crowded grocery store with a distracted mother! ARRGGHH!
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@ElicBxn (60044)
• United States
18 Feb 08
I totally agree with that, but as I said, I haven't seen them in any of our grocery stores. Well, one, but it isn't a very busy store...
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• United States
19 Feb 08
" should be seat belted into place." Amen ElicBxn!
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@cher913 (25895)
• Canada
19 Feb 08
there is a deli that we shop at that has them. while it was cute while my kids were little, not its just annoying...i find that i am always tripping over them!
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@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
19 Feb 08
I have to admit the fact that I have no kids and want no kids may jade me a little on the subject!
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@Zorrogirl (1481)
• South Africa
19 Feb 08
we do have them in south africa. back when i didnt have kids, it annoyed me very much. but now that i do have, it just doesnt bother me. maybe i am just lucky that my daughter walks with me, and doesnt run around with the cart. when i do see kids running with them, i get mad at the parents and not the kids. they should get their responsibilities in order and contain their kids. a friend of mine has a hyperactive daughter and she uses a leash. works like a charm. the kid can push the cart but she cant run or go anywhere without my friends consent.
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
19 Feb 08
You are right it is the parents that should be frowned upon and not the child. I have to admit I was surprised that they have them as far away as South Africa. I will chalk that one up to you learn soething every day.
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• Singapore
19 Feb 08
Lol fair point. I guess they should stick to kid carts only at stores for kids - like candy places or toy shops, perhaps.:P
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@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
19 Feb 08
I'd have no problem at all with them in the appropriate places but a crowded grocery store designed for adults just doesn't seem to be an appropriate place to me.
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• Canada
19 Feb 08
When I was a little girl I would beg my father to take me to the grocery store with the little carts. I love being able to pick items off the shelves that my daddy pointed out to me and put them in my little cart and wheel my small amount of groceries around after his big cart full. I think it was much safer to me to be holding my cart instead of running around all over the place and trying to climb into the moving cart full of groceries. It allowed me to feel like i was helping my dad with the groceries rather than being a burden or a hinderence to him while he had to do his chores. I think as a child it is important to feel like you are doing something productive as opposed to feeling as though you are in the way. Children learn more when interacting as opposed to being bored senseless in the cart.
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
19 Feb 08
I can see from a child's point of view how great it would be. It is just you manage to pass one and then you stop and grab something and boom the kid is in the way again. It is like passing a cyclist ten times while stuck on a busy street.
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@miamilady (4924)
• United States
19 Feb 08
lol I've seen those things. I can't remember where. Apparently it was decided that they weren't such a great idea after all because I haven't seen them again. I think at the time, I probably thought it was a cute idea and a good way to keep the kids amused while mom was shopping. But now that I read your post, I realize what a disaster it could be. I can seen those littel rugrats crashing into unsuspecting customers or even the mom's themselves trying to regaing control of their "little shopper gone wild" lol Maybe the store will figure out the problem with this things after a short while. Give them a bloodied ankle or two and they will figure it out! lol
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@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
19 Feb 08
I figure once they are old enough to pay for what they put in the cart then they can have control of one.
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@dodoguy (1297)
• Australia
19 Feb 08
Hi whywiki, Yes, they are worldwide - at least, as worldwide as the Western paradigm of rampant capitalism and the "greed is good" culture. Yes, they are cute - little kiddies behaving all grown-up, just like the little kiddies with the branded fashion-statement dolls and all the other little trinkets designed to guide them down the developmental path to a healthy consumer lifestyle. Just like the schools and everything else served up to us in urban consumer land, it's all part and parcel of brainwashing the herd in patterns of behavior which will sustain the status quo for generations to come. We don't get taught what we need to know to serve our own best interests, we get taught how to behave to serve the best interests of our corporate masters and their government stooges. And the kiddies with the shopping trolleys are a delightfully entertaining manifestation of that cultural pathology.
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
19 Feb 08
How well put. I didn't see it for what it truly is. I thought it was just a master plan to torment me.
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@EvanHunter (4030)
• United States
19 Feb 08
extremely bad idea in my opinion, the fact that they are running peoples heels over with the cart is bad enough but like you said than you have an extra obstacle to get around. My oldest is 18 and he still runs over my heels everytime I let him behind me, I think he does it on purpose!
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@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
19 Feb 08
My hubby still runs me over too!
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@whittby (3073)
• United States
19 Feb 08
They had these years ago at a grocery store I went to in Pennsylvania. I thought they were so cute back then. They only had a couple and were usually taken, but every now and then my kids would get one. Of course, I made them walk nicely, not tear down the aisles. I think a few misbehaving kids probably spoiled it for all of them since stores don't seem to have them anymore. Now they have the fancy shopping carts about a mile long you get to push your kids around while they drive behind the wheel of that little car in front of the cart.
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
19 Feb 08
I hope they get phased out around here. They would be fine if they were driven in a safe manner but I hate being run into by pretentious ankle biters when all I want is to do my shopping and get out quick.
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• United States
21 Feb 08
The grocery store in town where I live has these. The store is a family owned store and I have always thought it was a nice idea. When my grandkids come with me when they were smaller I let them use them. What I got for them was put in these carts. I always watched and made sure that they were driving the cart properly so that they wouldn't run into anyone or take any more room than they needed. I also let them put their items on the counter and I give them the money to pay for their own items. I think it is just a good way for kids to learn the skills of shopping.
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
21 Feb 08
It is a nice way to learn shopping but not when it is busy. I barely notice them when they are with a responsible adult but my latest run in I almost said something to the woman but thought better of it as I wasn't in the mood for a scene.
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• United States
21 Feb 08
That is something that I didn't mention is that I never did this at the peak hours of people shopping. I always waited until the times when the store was not busy. That is out of consideration for the other customers.
@julievy (595)
• United States
20 Mar 08
Our grocery store has them too. It's really a PITA. I've had my feet ran over and my legs bruised more than once by "student drivers". If the stores are going to have these, then they should also provide an adults only day at the store so sometimes we can shop without the little helpers. I bring my grandson to the store with me occasionally, but I belt him in to the seat in the cart so he can't be running around and getting in the way of the other shoppers. It all boils down to the parents who refuse to attempt to teach their kids some manners.