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    2012 - 02.12

    I’ve noticed this more and more lately, and it annoys me.  It seems to me that most people have forgotten basic etiquette, and one place where this is particularly evident is while shopping.  Maybe I’m the only one who has noticed or cares…

    So some examples of things which people do which frustrate me:

    • parking their cart in the middle of an aisle
    • parking their cart at the side of the aisle direct across from another cart leaving insufficient room for people to pass between them on an otherwise empty aisle (rather than staggering the parking so that people and carts can still pass)
    • leaving your cart somewhere in the way while waiting in line for samples
    • failing to recognize that other people want to pass you when you stop in an aisle

    There’s more, but it seems to me that historically people went to great pains to ensure that they were not inconveniencing others.  Now, people either seem oblivious, entitled or simply don’t care.

    This is something that seems like a bit of a microcosm for issues in society, which is a thesis I’m not going to develop further here, but I suspect that people will either totally agree or totally miss the point.

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    4 Responses to “Cart Etiquette: the microcosm”

    1. Wendy says:

      I agree with you, David.

    2. Karin says:

      Talking in movie theatres!!! Argh!!!!

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