One of my favorite places to buy groceries is Aldi. If you’re not familiar, they’re sort of a discount grocery store. They have really great stuff, but the stores are very “no frills”. You must bring or buy your own bags, they don’t take credit cards, and you put a quarter in to get your buggy (cart). When you return the buggy you get your quarter back. It’s all part of their cost saving strategy, and it seems to work.
It’s not unusual for people to trade buggies and quarters in the parking lot so someone doesn’t have to walk all way back to return their buggy and retrieve their quarter. It’s also not unusual to see folks carrying a lot more than is reasonable through the store. I’ve done this myself a time or two when I just couldn’t find a quarter in the unorganized depths of my purse.
Yesterday when I was returning my buggy there was a lady standing in front of the buggy rack digging in her purse. She had a cane and really didn’t look like she was feeling well (you know how sometimes you can just read pain written on someone’s face?), so I gave her my buggy and told her to have a great day.