Post by northstarmom on Dec 30, 2018 11:35:17 GMT -5
“People taking grocery carts off the store's property and not returning them and having to hire people to return them to the store just adds to the price we pay for items we buy, just like shop-lifting and employee pilfering does.”
I return my carts for the exercise. But people’s not returning them doesn’t bother me because I’m glad that people get jobs. This perspective is why I try not to use self checkout. I don’t put not returning carts in the same category as shoplifting.
I went to the store today and pushed 6 carts from the parking lot to inside of the store. There were very few carts inside the store. Sunday is a busy shopping day in my town. I did it because I know grocery carts are in short supple and hope some shopper got some benefit from my little chore. It was slushy in the parking lot so pushing in a few extra carts means I reduce my chance of slipping on the snow.
Sunday shopping = 10% of the things I want to buy are missing from the shelves. Someone else already bought the items and not that many restocking clerks work during the day. I could go at midnight or later or before 10 AM but there would still be empty spots on the shelves.
I like the idea of people being employed BUT I do self-service when ever I can in any place that has self-service. That goes for eating out, pulling my own used car parts or sorting lumber. I just never felt comfortable having people do work for me unless I know I don't know what I am doing. If I am sick, just leave me alone, I don't want to bother anyone unless I really have to.
FYI My school age grand daughter works at a grocery store on the weekends and has 8 hr shifts. For 1 hour at a time she has to push grocery carts from the parking lot and into the store. She might weigh 80 lbs.and this is all manual labor, no power assist grocery cart mules. All of the check out helpers (not cashiers) have to take their turn for parking lot duty so she might have to do this several times per shift. My grand daughter tells me some of her fellow employees (also about her age) do not do their share of grocery cart returns to the inside of the store. This is a new job for her. She also tells me some customers almost run into the grocery carts as she is pushing them back to inside the store.
I have been returning extra carts to the store for several years. My W is criticizes me for doing this and tells me I should get a cart return job at WalMart. They have battery powered grocery cart pushers. No thanks, I have too many things that already keep me busy. It is a good thing I tune out a bunch of stuff my W tells me.