Shopping carts are provided by most retailers so their customers have a handy way to carry their goods while they shop. Carts are a handy invention. But, just like any vehicle, if they aren’t used correctly, they can create problems. Read this informative article and find out how using shopping cart etiquette can help make your marketing experiences more enjoyable… and keep you out of court at the same time!
Think about it: everytime you walk into a store, you’re being contained in a building with strangers. Even though you don’t know these other people, you do have one thing in common. And that is, you’re there to buy products the establishment is selling. If you’re inside any store where you might have a list to fulfill, chances are that you and most everyone else around you is on a mission. Get everything on the list, pay for the products and hurry out the door.
It’s often been said we live in a “Me-me-me” society. And it’s that kind of thinking that can get us into trouble. Self absorbency tends to obliterate common sense, common courtesy to others and caring for the others who also share this planet.
Here are some basic Shopping Cart Etiquette Rules:
1. Pay Attention To Where You’re Going
Pushing a shopping cart is kind of like driving a car- you’ve got to keep your eyes on the road. Or, in this case, keep your eyes on the aisles and your surroundings. Even though we live in a world where multi-tasking is expected, you can’t always perform more than one chore at the same time. You can’t safely push your shopping cart along while you’re thumbing through coupons, hollering at your kids and answering your cell phone at the same time, for example. It’s just impossible.
2. Keep An Assured Clear Distance
Rear-end another vehicle while you’re driving on the roads, and you’ll be cited for not keeping an “assured clear distance.” Follow another customer too closely with a shopping cart and you run the risk of clipping their heels. Not a good thing to do! Those metal carts hurt when they’re run into human flesh. Practice good shopping cart etiquette and stay clear of others.
3. Don’t Block the Store Aisles
This is one of my biggest pet peeves: people who leave their shopping carts in the way so I can’t pass through. Using common etiquette means you make sure you and/or your cart never gets into other customers’ ways.
4. Don’t Allow Children to Manage the Cart Unattended
I think I’ve seen it all when it comes to kids and shopping carts. I’ve seen them race down the aisles, whip around corners, run into other customers, and even knock down store displays. Kids and shopping carts can be a dangerous combination when they are left unattended.
5. Put Your Shopping Cart In the Designated Area
And finally, this piece of shopping cart etiquette comes from an episode of TV’s “Judge Judy.” Follow this advice and it could help keep you from being sued.
Most stores have designated areas in their parking lots for their customers to put their carts in once they’re finished with them. If you don’t use this area, and the cart strays away and hits a vehicle, you could be held responsible to pay for the damages.