Pulling shopping carts not allowed?!?
July 17, 2014 12:02 PM Subscribe
Is there a reason a store would have a policy regarding pulling/versus pushing a shopping cart? Safety? Is this specifically a Trader Joe's policy? Details inside.
posted by PinkPoodle to Shopping (35 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
So, I was at Trader Joe's today. It was not very crowded, lots of room to move around with my shopping cart. I was in front of the freezer cases, with my cart behind me, and as I moved along, I pulled it along behind me (from the front end, not using the handle bar end). There was a guy there restocking some items, who told me "please push the cart by the handle, do not pull it." I said, "oh, ok", and proceeded to push it as he asked using the handle. He was not in my path/near me or the cart. I was with a friend, who I then made a joke to when she approached me, that this Trader Joe's has a lot of rules, you have to push not pull your cart. I wasn't bothered or miffed by the incident, just thought it was odd and made this joke to her...the guy then proceeded to say, "no, I'm serious", as he was still within earshot. I said, "I know, I'm pushing it" (which I was...I was in compliance, I guess he just didn't think I was funny).
What is the reasoning for this? Is it safety? Is pushing the cart considered safer than pulling it behind you for a minute? Can pulling it cause cart damage somehow? This was a standard, metal grocery cart. The guy was so serious about it, I'm perplexed and I've never heard this in any store before. Is this standard store training? I want to know, overall, what is the general reasoning behind this?