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Usually, unless the weather is bad or I'm in a hurry
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Only if I'm near the cart thing
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15.05%
Never, I'm lazy or just do not care
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Never, it should be up to the store employees to put carts away
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Do you put your shopping carts in the shopping cart thing?

Old 03-09-08, 06:33 PM
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Do you put your shopping carts in the shopping cart thing?

I always do. I usually park near the thing where you are supposed to place the cart when done loading your car.

I don't like it when others leave the cart in the parking lot. If I see a few carts just sitting in the lot I won't park near them in fear that it may roll into my car.

I've seen people who are less than 10 feet away from the thing just leave their cart next to where their car was parked.

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Old 03-09-08, 06:40 PM
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Usually - I was at Costco Friday and it was pouring, so I rested it up on top of a nearby 'island."
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Old 03-09-08, 06:41 PM
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Yes. After working at a grocery store, I know the PITA is to to corral all the carts that roam freely in the parking lot. Outside of inclement weather, there's absolutely no reason not to. That includes "I'm in a hurry." That's a bullshit excuse, because it will take you less than a minute to put the thing away.
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Yes, of course. I work at Lowes and am amazed how people dont put these carts where they are supposed to go.
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Costco is usually the only place I ever need a cart and I always return it to the cart thing, and sometimes will grab another stray cart if it's in my path.
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You're missing an option: Yes, unless its quicker to take the cart inside.
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Old 03-09-08, 06:54 PM
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Always. Plus I usually try to park near one to make it easier to drop off.
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Anyone who doesn't return them to the correct place is kind of a dick.
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Old 03-09-08, 07:18 PM
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I've been known to leave it on a nearby island if it's raining heavily and I've got the kids. I'm not going to leave them alone in the car while I run to the nearest return. An annoying amount of the stores down here seem to have an inadequate number of the returns and you can wind up having to go several rows over to get to the nearest.
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Always. I'm not lazy.

A few months ago a lady that was parked right next to me moved her cart directly behind my cart and left it. I watched her do it and decided to move it back behind her car. Woops.
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rain, shine, or long walk.. yes, i always put them in
it annoys me to go to pull into a spot and see a cart left in there.. just waiting to scrape against my car.. or to see people that think they are doing something special by pushing their cart over a few feet against a curb, as if thats far enough out of the way..
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in part due to formerly being a cart pusher at a grocery store

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I always put mine away, and also if I park near a "loose" one I'll put it away or take it into the store with me.

I will never understand people who don't put them away. It is rude and inconsiderate to both the store employees and the other customers in the lot who then either can't park because spots are full of carts, or they get hit by loose carts.

When I'm king, offenders will get 40 hours of community service for every instance of this.
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I work at a grocery store so I always make it a point to return my carriage.
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Originally Posted by mikehunt
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in part due to formally being a cart pusher at a grocery store
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Old 03-09-08, 08:31 PM
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Anyone who doesn't return them to the correct place is kind of a dick.
damn right...

that's one of those simple little things that tells you volumes about a person...
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Old 03-09-08, 09:03 PM
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Originally Posted by shaun3000
You're missing an option: Yes, unless its quicker to take the cart inside.
I never really thought of that. I guess that would be a "yes, always" vote.
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Old 03-09-08, 09:07 PM
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In France their chained together and the only way to get one is to put a coin in a slot to disconnect. You get your coin back once you return it to the stall and reconnect with the cart in front. They tested it at several places in the States but it didn't do to well.

I always return the cart just to make sure it doesn't roll away and hit other cars.
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If I'm alone then yes. I have my 3 year old son with me usually, though, and sometimes I'll leave it out, because there is no way I'm leaving my son in the car while I return the cart.
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Originally Posted by zombeaner
If I'm alone then yes. I have my 3 year old son with me usually, though, and sometimes I'll leave it out, because there is no way I'm leaving my son in the car while I return the cart.
Can't you take him with you to the cart thing?
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Old 03-09-08, 09:26 PM
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Former cart pusher here and yes I do all the time.
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Old 03-09-08, 09:30 PM
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I will put the carts back but only if I am close to a cart return. I don't mind walking over one aisle to do so, but it seems more and more they are farther and farther apart. I think the local Target has them every 6 aisles.
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Old 03-09-08, 10:08 PM
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Always return the cart. And sometimes back inside the store if I'm parked in the front half of the lot.

I notice no one who is voting 'Never' has been brave enough to post yet
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Yeah - all the time. Freezing Minnesota winters and the cart pushers are out there all day as-is -- a little extra step on my part prevents it from being any worse for those guys.
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This is one of my pet peeves...along with people stopping in the middle of the parking lot aisle to wait on a car to pull out because they're too fucking lazy to walk 15 extra feet.

Seriously...your lazy ass can take the 30 seconds it takes to push the cart to the cart holder so that it doesn't damage someone else's cart.
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