I live in "civilization" and I agree with Mowermech. There are far more people-kids, 30-somethings, teens, whatever-that are well-behaved vs. ill-behaved. It just seems for reasons unbeknownst to me that many people like to rant about the bad ones but never seem to look for the good in anybody.
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If there's no one around, the cart is abandoned, with or without items in it. Quite a few people just shop to shop, loading up their cart. Then when shopping time is over, they abandon the cart and leave the store. I also see older folks leave a cart, goto the next aisle and forget where they left the cart....and even forget they had a cart. One thing I've learned in questioning victims over 40 years is that there is always more to the story reported by the victim.
Funny thing, Wife and I went to Wal-Mart last night. Small town not a giant store. Three 60 or 70 something couples with their carts were having a reunion in one of the aisle totally oblivious to any one trying to get around them. After waiting for what seemed an appropriate amount of time I said excuse me in a firm voice and moved through. Shoulds have heard the comments directed towards me about the length of my hair and my obvious dubious parentage.
What the heck is wrong with old folks in this country today.
It has nothing to do with the "ME" generation and lots to do with the "I think I can get away with it" society developing around us.
It's everywhere. Younger generation to older generation, Government and business. If they think they can get away with it, they will try.
You of course are a horrible person if you catch them, hold them accountable or even worse make it so their own actions have a negative affect on them somehow.
It is true that we have been taught to blow it off, be tolerant and not make a scene. That's why so many are getting away with it.
Another thing is we live for the better part in a anonymous society where even if you do get caught, the chance you will ever see that person again and deal with the repercussions of your actions is slim. I grew up in a town of 300, if you got busted telling a fib as a child, it affected your forever. Believe me, all 300 knew about it too.
It gets funny when someone else pulls something on the person that just did it to you. While they had a perfectly good excuse for why it was ok for them to do it, there will never be a reason it was ok for them to be treated that way. You will find of course that they will have no issues with raising a stink.
These posts prove the point. The "me" generation replying to this think it is perfectly OK to take a crippled woman's (more than twice their age) cart, keep the stuff they want, and walk away, refusing to give the cart back. Of course, they make excuses to themselves to prove (to themselves) that they were perfectly justified to do so. Kind of like receiving a trophy when you didn't win!
The generation, and upbringing, of the people replying is obvious from how they view the incident.
If I catch my kids stepping out of line, they catch hell immediately, no grace period from me........ That is all I have control of.
One thing is for certain, our society needs some shaping up.
Anytime people are allowed to act a fool, and nobody calls them on it, there is your problem.
Case in point, I held the door at a book store for a young couple once. They totally disregarded me. I yelled in their direction "YOU'RE WELCOME!". At first they were stupefied, then the guy said sheepishly "oh, thanks"........Nice.
I am to the point when in a store shopping and someone leaves a cart in the middle of the isle and walks away, I'll ram it out of my way. I can be the politest of people but I can be very rude when the need arises!
When I'm shopping, there are myself and DW. Since one of us always has hands off a cart, it's fun to just take abandonned carts and move it to another aisle and then watch them looking around for it.
The problem is, the baby boomers that are retiring today are the one's who raised these people and taught them the manners they display. These same baby boomers are also starting to display their behavior in public places, like camp grounds and that is a good reflection as to why their children act the way they do today....
Right on... But some were raised appropriately. The trouble is that a few are viewed as representing an entire generation.
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