Why the heck can’t I steer a British shopping cart?
I am resigned to the fact that “things are harder here”. When I first opened a bank account 20 years ago, I went to the branch where I lived. Bad move. On a lunch break one day, when I needed to withdraw more money than allowed by the ATM, I had to travel 40 minutes from my work place in order to complete the transaction. The systems were not “connected”.
The Esso station down the road just installed pay at the pump. People are finally considering not using petrol. Still I don’t complain.
But the shopping carts I just don’t get. I vividly remember my first dealing with a British shopping cart. In the confusion of searching for grocery items at Tesco, I didn’t notice the shopping cart had a mind of its own. After spending hours trying to figure out where the cornstartch was and that fairy liquid was for “washing up” dishes (not clothes), I went to make my way to the register.
I pushed the shopping cart straight. It went left. I tried to correct it and directed it right. It still went left. I tightened by shoulders and put all my weight in to it as if I was pushing a twin stoller up a very steep hill . It finally went straight.
I must have screwed up my face because I got some strange looks from fellow shoppers. Then I bumped into an old age pensioner. When I said I was sorry, he said “it’s OK love, I have trouble with them too,” and he winked at me.
A decade later, it still isn’t any better. Try steering one of those carts when you are eight months pregnant with a toddler in tow.
Is this a conspiracy? Who makes these things anyway and does it really need to be this hard?