I was out shopping with Julianne yesterday and snapped this picture of an empty cart sitting behind the shopper who is pretending it no longer has anything to do with her . . .
I’ve run into this now often enough that I think it can be safely called a shopping cart in department stores cultural behavior pattern–and it’s especially irritating when MULTIPLE SHOPPERS DO IT. This leads to a pile up of carts in the checkout aisle that force the last shopper, usually me, to have to move them.
I have begun nudging these carts into the butts of the shoppers to give them a reminder that they can’t just dump the carts, once they’ve unloaded their items, for other people to have to deal with. I imagine they think it’s the job of a department store employee to move the cart once they’re done with it, but I’ve yet to see workers regularly removing them and/or standing at the exit of the checkout waiting to do that particular job, and only that job (though I think Whacko (yes, that’s the name, lol) department stores might have workers just for this job).
Anyways, I guess given a choice between shoppers who bump/push/shove you with their bodies and/or their carts in Korea versus shoppers who just abandon their carts I’ll take the latter over the former.
But it’d be nice to see some evolution of shopping etiquette here–yes, I’ve been ‘huffing glue,’ lol.
p.s. I’m still trying to get a picture of how shoppers here PULL their shopping carts BEHIND them . . . and how the cart swings and sways from side to side forcing all in its wake to avoid colliding with it while the ‘driver,’ ahem,’ walks down the aisle oblivious to the mayhem that pulling a cart causes . . .