Monday, November 17, 2008

To The Lady at Wal Mart

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Dear Lady at Wal Mart,

I suspect you saw me eyeballing your cart today. You know, the extra large one, with the capacity to seat 3 children instead of just one?

I noticed you had your son in one seat. He looked to be about 4. One seat was holding HIS SNACK and the other seat was empty.

Did you know those carts were made for holding 3 children? And while you are using it to hold your son and HIS SNACK, there may have been a lady walking around the store with, oh, I don't know, SEVEN children, mumbling under her breath about how there is a perfectly usable 3 person cart rolling around holding your son and HIS SNACK.

Now, I know individual size bags of Goldfish Crackers can be hard to handle, what with their tendency toward hyperactivity and all, and since it was nap time, those crackers were probably cranky and whiny and all manner of unmanageable, but I've heard tell that 2 year old girls and 11 month old babies can display the self same behavior, and they are, you know, HUMAN.

So, I was wondering if the next time you go to Wal Mart you could give a gal a break and leave the 3 seat carts for occupants with actual seats as opposed to bar codes.

I bet that lady with the seven children would appreciate it mightily.

Thank you,
Smockity

13 comments:

Sandy said...

AMEN

Lora Lynn @ Vitafamiliae said...

OH. I KNOW. I almost want to stalk people in the grocery store using the "wrong" cart. I'm not physically capable of shopping without my special cart. And I am not above pointing it out to management. I've sat in my van with my kids while somebody on staff went and hunted me up a cart. I told them if they wanted my business, they needed to have enough carts on hand to properly serve the needs of their customers. And then I made sure to glare at every mother of one I saw using the cart for FOUR. Sigh.

the momma said...

what momma in her right mind would use one of those carts if she didn't HAVE to?? they are a bugger to push - oh wait, maybe it's the 150# - without any groceries- that makes it so tricky......

Kara said...

You tell it sister! I've been known to not only give looks but mutter a few things in a VERY loud voice as I pass by such offenders.

Amy said...

Ummm... our walmart doesn't have anything BUT one-seaters. At least I've never seen anything bigger there! Hmph! I think somebody needs to file a complaint!

Pat's Place said...

I love it when you rant. Those stories all collected together would make a great book--"Smokity Rants" I can see it in print now with a picture on the front of a frazzled mother of seven in Wal-Mart glaring at the women with one child in a three-child cart. The picture makes me giggle! And so do your stories! With the proper illustrator, it would be a best-seller!

Maggie said...

You totally rock. I'm so glad I'm not the only mom who feels this way. I "only" have 4 kids, but the oldest just turned 6.I really really need to have both the 13 month old and the 2 YO confined to a cart. It really gets me to see a single kid riding who is bigger than my oldest!

Liz said...

Connie,
Thank you for the prayers! I don't mind if you link.

I appreciate the love and concern!

Love, Elizabeth

Lene said...

Yoou are so funny! I second the book idea. My first trip to the grocery store with all three recently was exciting. I obtained one of the megacarts but I couldn't get the baby carrier to click in it's "spot". My 2 year old is scared of the floor at that particular store (she points to it and says something that we haven't figured out yet). I put the baby inside the buggy (leaving room for very few groceries) and finished shopping. As I was leaving, I realized that the store had done something to their carts and I was supposed to fold the double seat down and put the carrier there - leaving the other 2 to walk on the scary floor...

Kris said...

It wasn't me! I absolutely refuse to allow my children to get one of those carts. It's like pushing an armored tank through the store. Your three-seater carts are safe from the likes of me. ;-)

Edi said...

I guess I'm going to be contrary...I figure she got there first she gets to use it. Or maybe she got to the store and at that time that was the only cart INSIDE the store. Or little Johnny wanted it and she decided, for just this one time, to let him use it.

Hmmm can you tell I only have two children...

Kelly @ It's Not the Water said...

I haven't been grocery shopping with my children in a long time, but when my hubby was mobilized with the Army for a year I had to go grocery shopping with my then 3 children (ages 3, 2, 1) and hugely pregnant, I depended on those carts. Yet, nearly every time I went to the store, I would see them used by one child and half the time the child wanted to walk, so the mom was pushing an empty cart meant for 3 children, while I tried to shop.

Kathryn said...

I have recently moved to TX, we have the store HEB. I had never seen it anywhere else I've lived, anyway, ALL the carts are 2-seaters! This thrills me, as I have 2 toddlers. I'm due in December with baby number three, and every time I go to the store I worry and wonder a little what we will do when we really NEED an extra seat. I didn't know there were 4-seaters to be found! Soon enough I'll be looking for them...haha.

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