My Convertible Life

Thursday, November 18, 2010

And Now... A Message from Our Complaints Department

Despite my earlier whining complaints (and because of the store's responsiveness to changing the floor plan), I've grown to like my new Harris Teeter -- it's super close to my house, the customer service is great and the covered parking is a life-saver on a rainy day. Oh, and they keep sending me $10 coupons each month, so who am I to say no?

On Tuesday, Pippi and I were on our way through the parking garage toward the store, when I noticed a young-ish man who had just closed the trunk on his BMW after unloading his grocery bags. He then carefully pushed his empty cart between his car and the car next to him, parking it against the wall between the parking spaces. The man was alone and did not appear to be in a hurry as he climbed into his car.

The cart corral (photo above) was two spaces away.

I mean, really, was it THAT far to walk? With no screaming baby or wild toddler pulling on your arm? Were you just so worn out from being cool that you couldn't make the trip? Or were you staging some sort of quiet protest against people telling you where to put your cart?

Because I'm pretty sure it took you longer to slide that cart in beside your car without scratching it than it would have to just put it where it belonged. And now everyone else is going to be jittery about parking in that nice space you just vacated.


Okay, I'm done. And I realize that I've got a pretty easy life if this is the worst thing I have to complain about.

But a pet peeve is a pet peeve, and this one's on my list. So tell me -- what's annoying you these days?

P.S. In the interest of full disclosure, I must confess that after I finished giving the man my worst stink eye, I proceeded to violate my own rule about not using a double-seater cart when you only have one child. But they have a lot more of those rocket ship carts now than they did at the old store, so I've rationalized that it's okay. Mea culpa.


  1. I don't know if you've heard of Aldi grocery stores, but their prices are dirt cheap, mostly because they're masterful at reducing overhead costs (and partly because few of their products are name brand). In regard to your cart dilemma, Aldi makes you put a quarter in the cart to release it from the rest of the chained up carts and when you correctly snap the carts back together, BOOM! you get your quarter back, ergo no shopping cart clerks (or stragglers)! Oh incentives, how you never cease to amaze me.

  2. Oy! Cart etiquette is the glue holding society together. Is this man trying to unravel the universe?

  3. What about all the people who "borrow" the carts to haul their purchases home and then leave the cart on the street? Grrrr.

  4. That falls under my general "people who are inconsiderate" pet peeve. For some reason, my deli counter guy HATES MY GUTS. The other night I walked up, was the ONLY person for aisles and aisles, and he says, "Do you have a number?" I was like, for serious? So I took one, and he goes "Eighty-three!" which, uh, was ME, and proceeded to grumble his way through my pound of turkey.


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