Today I went to the grocery store and to Costco. Both shopping trips made me think of a few things that I think of almost every time I go to a store. The main thought was, “if people could actually see what they looked like in public, would they behave differently?” The answer is probably not, but I do have more ideas about that.
The parking lot is always the first tell tale sign of how a shopping experience is going to go. Today the parking lot of Trader Joe’s was pretty quiet and there were plenty of spaces available. As I was walking to the store with my four year old, I noticed a few carts scattered throughout the shopping center. Why is it always so hard for shoppers to return their carts? is one of the first things I usually think.
TJ’s was quiet so we were able to get through the store pretty quickly. There are always a few people who stop their carts in the middle of an aisle while they comb the shelves for the one item they need or may possibly need. I get annoyed with shoppers who seem to have no idea that anyone is even around them. I watched my son wait for several minutes today for a woman to move so he could put a flower cone away. He kept saying excuse me in his polite small voice but she didn’t even see him. Finally he squeezed past her just so he could finish his job and meet me at the exit.
My wish is that all shoppers pay attention to their surroundings and the people around them so that we can all get our groceries. Everyone brings their own experience and day into their own shopping trip. You may be having a bad day, but someone is always having a worse day. You never know what someone is going through, so be courteous and patient and the whole trip will be better for everyone. And please walk as few extra steps if you are able and return the cart.