300 Shopping Carts and About 5 Of 'em Roll...

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300 Shopping Carts and About 5 Of 'em Roll...

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300 Shopping Carts and About 5 Of 'em Roll...

I just love Wal-Mart...  I'll go ahead and leave the positives and negatives of Wal-Mart itself for another day- and not delve into whether it's been more boom than bust for may of our nation's communities.  Rather, I'll share/rant about my trip to Wal-Mart last night.

So many carts, so many choices... Dang.  Wal-Mart's got a lot of shopping carts.  Cart Choice #1 is looking good....but a fellow patron has left some McNugget sauce smeared all over it.  Oops.  Cart Choice #2 is looking better...better...  Dang- I guess there wasn't anywhere else for a kid to plant the remnants of a cherry sucker.  Next.  I mean, if I'm not wiping off McNugget sauce, I'm not gonna scrape cherry sucker off of a cart, either.  Cart Choice #3 could be a winner.  Time to roll with it.

Oops... I had to say "roll" in connection with a cart- big mistake.  I think the rest of the world owes me a big "Thank You!" here- 'cause I'm the one that's always getting the cart with a bum wheel.  You're welcome, America.

I went through 6 or 7 of those suckers, but the heavens opened up and the light shined down on The Shopping Cart Known as The One That Actually Rolls.


I'm just wondering how all of those bad boys get so banged-up.  Do the homeless guys bring the bad ones back every now and then and swap their's out?  I mean, if you see a homeless guy with a shopping cart full of his junk, that thing's gonna roll.  He's not going to tolerate any foolishness with his wheels, and the rest of us shouldn't, either.


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300 Shopping Carts and About 5 Of 'em Roll...


Lastly, this thing that follows is called a cart corral...

Cart Corral:  The fenced areas in store parking lots used to collect discarded shopping carts.

Can we all agree to use these things every now and then?  Yes, conventional wisdom does allow that one would be safe in just leaving their cart in the middle of a parking lot.  Playing the percentages, there's a great chance that it wouldn't roll away.  But just in case you've gotten your hands on The Shopping Cart Known as The One That Actually Rolls, please take the extra minute or two and park it in the ol' corral when you're done with it.  Pardner.


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300 Shopping Carts and About 5 Of 'em Roll...

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Rainmaker
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Erv Fleishman
Realty Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Luxury Prop Specialist Realty Associates

I think you are putting the cart before the horse. Fuhgetaboutit. Find a cart and enjoy it. So what if you have to fight a wheel. Just shove it harder. You are in Walmarts not Neimann Marcus. 

May 04, 2012 10:19 AM #1
Rainmaker
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I have the same issues.  I actually hate  to go into the store and will drive 20 milews in order to avoid it.

May 04, 2012 11:08 AM #2
Rainmaker
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Than Maynard
Coldwell Banker Heart of Oklahoma - Purcell, OK
Broker - Licensed to List & Sell - 405-990-8862

It is amazing how quickly the wheels get fried on those things.

May 05, 2012 12:31 AM #3
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Dennis Burgess
AmeriTeam Property Management - Mid Florida, FL
Orlando Property Manager and Realtor

Calm down, Erv!  Didn't know you were a stockholder- my apologies.  Just kidding...

May 05, 2012 11:39 AM #4
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Dennis Burgess
AmeriTeam Property Management - Mid Florida, FL
Orlando Property Manager and Realtor

Hi, William:  Thank you for dropping by.  I've had a need/hate relationship with the place for a long time for philosophical reasons- long before the crappiness of their carts and their cashiers' lack of English fluency got out of hand.  The sentiment levels are about even now...

May 05, 2012 11:45 AM #5
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Dennis Burgess
AmeriTeam Property Management - Mid Florida, FL
Orlando Property Manager and Realtor

Hi, Than:  Thank you for dropping by.  The crappy Wal-Mart cart repair business has to be booming...

May 05, 2012 11:49 AM #6
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

I cannot remember the last time I went to WalMart, and there are two supercenters within a couple of miles of my house.  I also can't remember the last time I saw a homeless person, much less one with a shopping cart.  In fact, I don't think I have ever seen a person wheeling a shopping cart around the neighborhood streets.

There, both problems solved.

And I'm the guy who helps out by taking carts from the parking lot and returning them into the store.  I'm also the guy who tries to return his cart to the return kiosk from 50' away!  It's pretty fun trying to "read the parking lot..." before making my putt!

May 05, 2012 08:28 PM #7
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Rob Arnold
Sand Dollar Realty Group, Inc. - Altamonte Springs, FL
Metro Orlando Full Service - Investor Friendly & F

Worked in retail for nearly 5 years during high school and college.  Those carts take more abuse than you could ever imagine.  People put 3 kids in them at a time, hit them with cars, intentionally smash them, knock them over.  The stores often pay someone to drive around the area with a pickup truck and go and retrieve the ones that people steal. 

May 06, 2012 12:31 AM #8
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Dale Bledsoe
Crown Key Realty - Tracy, CA
Realtor in Tracy, California

So, I see we shop at the same WalMart. 

May 07, 2012 03:19 AM #9
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Dennis Burgess
AmeriTeam Property Management - Mid Florida, FL
Orlando Property Manager and Realtor

Hi, Jay:  Thank you for dropping by, and for your comment/story.  I've avoided the dang Wal-Marts for a long time now.  It didn't take that long for them to go from what once was a stated mission to only sell products made in the U.S.A to a position where one can walk the aisles facing the wrong direction and only find signs en Espanol.  I'll give the Walton family credit for being a true American success story- but the interest of fairness also dictates my disdain for them and what they've done to the little man as they've stepped on his shoulders.

Of course there aren't any homeless folks up there with you- they've migrated down here.  Though some DO remain up your way- I actually did a lot of work with them while in DC and putting on a Gospel concert with the Community for Creative Non-violence- but Mother Nature's blessing us with warm Florida weather also blesses us with being a great destination for those without an address.  You are indeed ActiveRain's own Cartman....

May 08, 2012 01:50 PM #10
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Dennis Burgess
AmeriTeam Property Management - Mid Florida, FL
Orlando Property Manager and Realtor

Hi, Rob:  Thank you for dropping by, and for your comment.  I'm leaning toward thinking of how the fatter kids these days might very well be placing stress upon those wheels that far exceeds the manufacturer's suggested kid weight limit, too...

May 08, 2012 01:54 PM #11
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Dennis Burgess
AmeriTeam Property Management - Mid Florida, FL
Orlando Property Manager and Realtor

Hi, Dale:  Thank you for stopping by.  Yes, nice to see that low prices every day also run from The Golden State to The Sunshine State!

May 08, 2012 01:56 PM #12
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