Friday, July 11, 2008

Evil disguises itself in hard green plastic - Revenge of the "Car Cart"

I'm not sure if the grocery stores near you happen to have them, but almost every store near us does. I'm talking about the grocery cart shaped like a car that allows your children to sit inside and steer while you navigate the store.

They come in two versions as far as I can tell:

evil car cart

evil car cart

I understand that the cart is supposed to give a mother some peace while shopping because it entertains her children, but I have a bone to pick with the makers of these "car carts" as my children so affectionately call them.

Why is it that this vehicle can barely turn corners and gets harder and harder to maneuver the more stuff is put in to it. I'm at the grocery store and I'm filling this thing up. I'm tired and I have a family of five to feed for a WEEK! The longer I'm here, the fuller and therefore more difficult to drive the thing gets, and the more exasperated I get.

I've knocked over displays, I've run into other people, I've run over The Man a time or two. Much to the dismay of Munchkin and Goober, I now refuse to even get the silly "car cart" if The Man isn't with me to drive it. Obviously there should be some sort of road test each shopper is given before they're let loose in the store with the thing. And obviously I would not pass.

The Man, of course, has no problem. He can drive the thing with ease and even make "vroom vroom" noises as he goes. He is so much cooler than I am.

I know I'm not the only one who experiences this irritation because I've been given the sympathetic look from other mothers as I try desperately to maneuver the darned thing from one aisle to another.

munchkin and goober in the evil car cart

It's just another day in the life of the Spaz.


Robin said...[Reply to comment]

Thankfully they don't have those here, at least not yet.

Michelle@Life with Three said...[Reply to comment]

I know what you're talking about! Our Publix doesn't have those cars, but they have a regular grocery cart with a bench attachment strapped to the front. It makes the whole cart twice the length of a normal cart. I always say it has the turning radius of a semi. I have to start turning 100 feet before I reach the aisle.

mah-meeee said...[Reply to comment]

oh my goodness! so glad i'm not the only one that hates that thing. i think i had ran into many people's heels with that, knocked over plenty of displays for sure!

Valarie said...[Reply to comment]

ooooo that green one does look really really evil. :[

Janel@Dandelion Dayz said...[Reply to comment]

Oh, mine fight in it the WHOLE time! I hate it and I hate the little shopper carts, too!

Sophia B. said...[Reply to comment]

Our Publix has those carts but the problem is that they only have a couple of them...
And so while my child KNOWS they're around...SOMEWHERE, they're not available for her use.
Which is better off anyway - because you're right - they're freaking heavy!