We park far away and right next to the cart corral. I have left him at birth to run a few feet away to a cart corral before, though. Sometimes I will also ask a person if they need a cart and just give it to them instead.
This isn't car-related, but I've done experiments with my 9-year-old where I go to the grocery store across the street and let him be in the house alone. It's usually a 15 minute errand, and he has all these instructions about what to do in various circumstances. I think it's good practice.
That's my equivalent of leaving them in the car, since I don't drive enough with them to have that one come up.
This is pretty much a non-issue for me because of the places I shop. The folks at Trader Joe's come & grab your cart when you're done; their parking lot is tiny & there's almost always a wait to get in, so they want you out of there as fast as possible. And at Lucky, there's a big space in the middle of the parking garage to leave the carts right in front of where you've parked. Any place else I'm using a cart, if I can return it near where I've parked, I do leave the kids in the car to buckle up, or I leave the cart where I'm parked. I won't walk too far away from the car & I always lock it when I do.
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So here's my version: Nathaniel is home sick so we walked to the grocery store across the street. We had a small cart and while the cashier was ringing everything up and bagging it, I had Nathaniel take the cart back by himself. (We only had 3 bags so we didn't need it anymore.)
Is that my equivalent of leaving the kids in the car? Sending my son by himself to return the cart? Do I win something?
Sorry Laurie, you only win on this thread when you say that you refuse to return the cart at all ever because you believe that you are helping the economy. Ethanwinfield is currently in first place, but we have no true winner yet.
You do get a token for not sending a sick child into school, however. You can redeem your prize on sunday
I walk or bicycle to shopping so I have never had this conundrum. Maybe I should leave my kids on their bikes outside the store. Hmmm.
I'll still go with lazy, selfish, AND rude as those runaway carts threaten to scratch my ride and I love my ride....so clearly its too soon to have that debate again