The Shopping Cart Phenomenon

MP900444028Recently, a gentleman on the bus informed me that he’d singlehandedly solved the age old question that’s been irritating oh so many of us—why do some people push their carts directly down the middle the grocery store aisle?

“It’s because their houses are too square,” he said simply.  “They’re used to lots of room on either side of them when they walk around, so they really can’t help it.”  Apparently shoppers are like goldfish—they take up space based on the size of their home aquarium.

Despite their annoying behavior, he seemed to pity them.  And he theorized that the only way to fix their quirk was to change the shape of their homes (rectangular being the obvious ideal shape since it closest resembles a grocery store aisle).  He also worried that if houses continued to be built so boxy it could have more dangerous social repercussions like people driving right down the middle of the road. 

I guess, all things considered, maybe the shopping cart phenomenon isn’t as bad as it could be since the poor little shoppers really can’t help that they live in little boxes.

“Little Boxes”

6 thoughts on “The Shopping Cart Phenomenon

    • Yes, it was completely out of the blue! He suddenly turned to me and said he’d figured something out. I run into him regularly on the bus and he often shares his unusual musings with me. I love public transportation. Who needs a TV when you have the bus?

      Thanks for commenting. And welcome! 🙂

  1. I don’t understand why people walk into the entrance of a store and simply stop in the middle of the doorway. Or why they walk in the middle of the parking lot aisles. Grocery stores are definitely an exercise in self-awareness.


  2. Traditional Native Americans will tell you that the ideal shape for a house is round. (Note the base of a teepee or igloo, for example.) This actually harkens back to the spiritual beliefs of most early home-builders. It’s based on the understanding that the circle represents things eternal, since it has no beginning and no end, and is therefore a perfect shape.

    What would shoppers do if they had to shop in a round building though? Would it be a crazy traffic catastrophe, like the round-abouts in Europe? Or maybe people would just slow down a bit to avoid problems.

    Now there’s a thought…

    p.s. I also eat and cook gluten-free. Tonight I’m making GF tater tot casserole. Mmmm…

    • Welcome to my blog, Esther! And thanks for taking the time to comment. 🙂

      I like the idea of round houses causes shoppers to act the way they do at round-abouts. Sounds hysterical but also a bit annoying.

      GF tater tot casserole sounds amazing. Are you going to share the recipe on your blog? I made gluten-free frosted brownies yesterday and they were quite yummy.


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