Monday, October 1, 2012

Cars, Bikes, and Shopping carts

One of my pet peeves while grocery shopping is people that don't drive their shopping carts properly.  They go down the middle of the aisle.  They stop randomly without checking to see if somebody is behind them.  They fail to shoulder check.  They walk on the left, meaning at busy times, they completely block the aisle for somebody going the other direction.  It seriously annoys me.  In fact, sometimes it really pisses me off.

I'm sure there are others that feel my pain.

Yesterday, there was another bike/car "accident" in my neck of the woods.  The story is here: Story  The story is like many other road rage stories.  Driver is mad that cyclists are on the road.  Driver proceeds to use motor-vehicle as a weapon.  Cyclist gets injured.

What annoys me the most about these stories is the comments on them.  Because every single time people use it as an excuse to start complaining about the inconsiderate cyclists.  About the cyclists that don't ride single file, that ride down the middle of the road, the bike couriers, etc.

The thing is, in this story, there is no indication that the cyclist is at fault.  There is every indication that the driver is.  Now, I am not denying that some cyclists are jerks, but that's irrelevant in this situation.

Let's get back to my shopping cart example.  One of these days, I might just snap.  Perhaps I will just get SO MAD that somebody is pushing their shopping cart in my aisle that I will lose my temper and start ramming into them repeatedly with my own cart.  (I realize the car didn't ram "repeatedly", but given the fact the shopping cart does less damage, we'll stick with it.)

If that happens, am I going to get everybody's sympathy?  I mean, surely they'll understand because of those darn shopping cart drivers right?


  1. If I were administering the test to be granted a license to drive a shopping cart, there would be a lot fewer carts need. Costco is the worst. I have been seriously tempted to "bump" some people with the cart.

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  4. I try very hard never to read comments, b/c there's always a few jerks around who will write stuff like that.

  5. Online comments from newspaper stories are sad to me that they b=never seem to stay on the actual topic of the news story!

  6. I get annoyed by slow walkers too. Move along or get out of my way! Deep breaths, deep breaths, deep breaths....