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Antmax

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In a lot of western countries you have to put about $1 in the cart to remove it from the rack.You get it back when you return it. I've never used a cart in California outside of Fry's Electronics and occasionally Home Depot. Use the self checkout in stores and pack my own bags when I end up having to go to a manned register just like I would at home in the UK.
 

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Shopping carts are utilitarian...sure...but on a good steady incline they are recreational transportation. Some folks pray for world peace and lost souls. I save my prayers for a cart with a plumb frame, good bearings and wheels with no flat spots. A straight rolling cart is a geezer fantasy!

My cart riding obsession helps me watch my health and weight. If I go over 210, my weight tends to lift the front wheels off the ground and I lose some control. Not a big deal in an empty lot, but when a family of six is spread out across both lanes someone is going down...unless you abort...and a real man does not abort a cart run.

Regarding my level of concern for the microscopic critters effect on my health, I grew up drinking from rivers that flowed through livestock pastures, eaten discarded parade hot dogs and I routinely consume a couple ounces of raw sirloin to make sure my e-coli immunity is up to snuff.

BUT...I do wash anything which will be consumed that hadn't been industrially packaged and could have come in contact with anything at all. The rest of the family may not have my disregard for pathogens...
 

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I don't eat children, so this has never been a problem for me.

I don't eat children either, but one has to logically conclude that the germs residing on the seat of the pants of the child, and WHATEVER is on the bottom of the child's shoes is IN the cart when they leave. Multiply that by the vast horde of medium to adult sized children that are placed into the carts each day, and you might as well be putting your groceries on a restroom floor before sacking them up.
 

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I long for the days of those chrome plated super heavy duty shopping carts . Youcould put 1 foot up on the frame behind the rear wheels and skate that ***** like a skateboard all across the lot.

Once my truck got to be a certain age and they switched over to those soft plastic shopping carts I would crack my son up by pretending to not know where all the shopping carts were as I was going through a lot - just plow through a whole bunch of them and send them scattering into all the civilian’s sedans and SUV’s
 

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Now there’s an alert out about Meth contamination on the shopping carts.
I’m immunity challenged due to transplant of my recycled liver. I carry industrial grade sanitary wipes just to open the door to attend church with my mask on. Soon as the sacrament is over I’m outta there. I don’t shake hands with any body, and avoid the little germ bombs in confined spaces. Most people can kick neurovirus in 2 days. After 2 trips to the hospital and $1K in my co-pay I learned my lesson. Gezzerhood is not fun.
 

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You know that those vegetables grow out of dirt with bugs and stuff in the dirt right? They get hauled in trucks that don't breath well. Workers in the fields who gather the veggies breath on them. People in the supermarket might burp just as you walk up behind them and you might breath someone's burp. The stock boy at the market may have gone to the bathroom and not washed his hands.

I still have absolute faith in buying veggies and washing them and eating them.

When I was a kid my mom would pluck a grape off a vine in the supermarket and eat it as she walked around the produce. That crazy beloved Bohemian bird is 86 and tough as hell. It was the germs on those unwashed market grapes that toughened her up. She's indestructible!

It's going to be ok. It's going to be ok.
 

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You know that those vegetables grow out of dirt with bugs and stuff in the dirt right? They get hauled in trucks that don't breath well. Workers in the fields who gather the veggies breath on them. People in the supermarket might burp just as you walk up behind them and you might breath someone's burp. The stock boy at the market may have gone to the bathroom and not washed his hands.

I still have absolute faith in buying veggies and washing them and eating them.

When I was a kid my mom would pluck a grape off a vine in the supermarket and eat it as she walked around the produce. That crazy beloved Bohemian bird is 86 and tough as hell. It was the germs on those unwashed market grapes that toughened her up. She's indestructible!

It's going to be ok. It's going to be ok.

You forget I live where they grow vegetables. The field worker feels a bowel movement coming on, the trailer toilet she is far away the lettuce is right here. Ahhhhh relief is so good! They won't know.:eek::D:lol:
 

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The OP probably doesn't want to spend to much time thinking about what's floating around in the air all the time, the grocery cart feels like something you can control.

Plus I wash everything I buy.
 

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Now there’s an alert out about Meth contamination on the shopping carts.
I’m immunity challenged due to transplant of my recycled liver. I carry industrial grade sanitary wipes just to open the door to attend church with my mask on. Soon as the sacrament is over I’m outta there. I don’t shake hands with any body, and avoid the little germ bombs in confined spaces. Most people can kick neurovirus in 2 days. After 2 trips to the hospital and $1K in my co-pay I learned my lesson. Gezzerhood is not fun.

Meth contamination, i shouldn't be surprised. Shopping carts ARE the family car and closet for many homeless addicts.
 

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I don't eat children either, but one has to logically conclude that the germs residing on the seat of the pants of the child, and WHATEVER is on the bottom of the child's shoes is IN the cart when they leave. Multiply that by the vast horde of medium to adult sized children that are placed into the carts each day, and you might as well be putting your groceries on a restroom floor before sacking them up.
Speaking of restroom floors.....supposedly some of the NASTIEST things in the world are the bottoms of ladies' purses.....they're usually placed on the floor in the stalls when they "go". ;)
 

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I just use the plastic baskets. I'm at the store nearly every day.
I always wash my hands the minute I get home and don't touch my mouth, eyes until I have got home and washed my hands. If I do use a cart its usually for electronics, clothes and goods of that nature. I never use the kids poop seat compartment and have always been aware of what might have just gone down in that area before I grabbed the cart.

Years ago I didn't worry so much about germs from shopping carts, baskets etc but the people frequenting the stores here have all changed and a lot of them look very unhygienic and sickly looking in general so I take the extra precautions now.

I basically approach a trip to the grocery store like I would a trip to a third world country because its a very similar experience these days as personal hygiene is not a priority with a lot of the customers.
 
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I've taken to going to the higher-end grocery store. You know, the kind that will roast a half kilo of coffee beans to your spec while you shop? The store is owned by the same company that owns the lumpenproletariat grocery store, and on their common items the prices are the same, but the clientele are better dressed, thinner and more attractive at the higher-end grocery store.
 




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