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    Wayward Grocery Carts

    Lately the grocery carts always seem to pull to the right. Is this caused by the Coriolis effect? Anyone on the other top of the world notice that your carts lead left?

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    Hadn't noticed the carts going to the right. But I always seem to get the ones with a squeaky wheel. And no, I don't get any extra attention with them.

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    The problem with them is when they go to bring a bunch of them back in at one time, and drag the wheels sideways. If they didn't do that, they would probably roll fine for a lot longer. Seems like no one in the grocery business is smart enough to figure that out. I always have to test roll a couple before I get one that's not aggravating.

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    I always get the wheel thumper carts - something stuck on one of the wheels or a flat spot on one of the wheels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom M King View Post
    The problem with them is when they go to bring a bunch of them back in at one time, and drag the wheels sideways. If they didn't do that, they would probably roll fine for a lot longer. Seems like no one in the grocery business is smart enough to figure that out. I always have to test roll a couple before I get one that's not aggravating.

    Funny, People that worked in the grocery business always figured the customer should put the cart back where they found it in the first place. They would last longer that way.
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    LOL...just had a left turning one this morning.... by the time I was finished shopping my left arm was tired from trying to point it right all the time....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry McFadden View Post
    LOL...just had a left turning one this morning.... by the time I was finished shopping my left arm was tired from trying to point it right all the time....
    I also had one at Pet Smart that was definitely inclined to turn left more than it wanted to go straight or turn right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Lehnert View Post
    Funny, People that worked in the grocery business always figured the customer should put the cart back where they found it in the first place. They would last longer that way.
    Go by an Aldi's and see if there are any carts just resting in the parking lot. If you haven't shopped an Aldi's, you have to insert a quarter to get a cart, which you get back when you return cart. I've seen people pushing a cart back in a blinding rain storm, just to get their quarter back. Grand son and I thought about on a rainy day getting a cart and chaining it to a light pole just to see how many people would try to use it to keep from spending a quarter, whcih they get back

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    I often get the ones with the wobble wheels!

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    One market we shop has a system where attendants use a motorized 'engine' to return carts. They are returned through a door far from the entrance to the store. Their carts all seem to track petty well. It is weird pulling in and having to wait for a long train of carts going by.

    At the other market we shop often my tendency is to keep track of which carts are new and wich ones are old. When a cart is picked it is pushed one handed in the center of the guide bar. It doesn't have to go more than a foot or two to let me know whether or not it will behave.

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  11. There's a grocery store near us that uses the motorized retrieval units too (Winco). I think they run on batteries because I heard a kid telling the supervisor he couldn't bring in any carts because someone didn't plug in one unit and the second unit had just run out of charge. I think the supe reminded him of how to shag carts w/o a machine.

    BTW --- those units aren't much good when there's some good snow on the ground. Carts don't like to roll in 4+ inches of snow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff Pritchard View Post
    There's a grocery store near us that uses the motorized retrieval units too (Winco). I think they run on batteries because I heard a kid telling the supervisor he couldn't bring in any carts because someone didn't plug in one unit and the second unit had just run out of charge. I think the supe reminded him of how to shag carts w/o a machine.

    BTW --- those units aren't much good when there's some good snow on the ground. Carts don't like to roll in 4+ inches of snow.
    That is the same chain here that has the electric carts to help round up the carts.

    We don't usually have that much snow and people don't tend to push carts to their cars, let alone go out shopping, if there is that much snow on the ground.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom M King View Post
    I always have to test roll a couple before I get one that's not aggravating.
    It's aggravating to try several carts from line because they get entangled with each other by the straps on the child seats. I rarely see children sitting in the child seats on carts. I recall trying it as a child and it was too painful to endure. The local Albertsons has a type of cart with a child seat that doesn't fold up and doesnt have straps. These carts don't get tangled up with each other, but I've never seen a child sitting in the child seat.

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    It is magic as you can order groceries online and they show up at your door in a couple of hours.

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    Every time I go to the local groc store, I get a cart that pulls to the Cheetos aisle. I can't figure out the physics behind it, but there is no questioning that it happens.
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