Costco Shopping Cart Feeding Frenzy

Last time out, I was making headway by applying some Assertive Crisis Management. I almost felt like I took a step back, but under the circumstances, I really didn’t know how to act.

My wife and I were passing through another city and decided to drop into Costco. Unlike my local Costco, this one seemed unusually busy and there were no carts to be found. I spotted one of the workers hauling in some from the parking lot. My wife headed toward the entrance as I patiently waited for my cart. What happened next was straight out of a horror movie.

I slowly crept toward the worker with about six to eight carts. For a brief moment, I had a direct line to what I needed for a pleasant day of shopping. As I was about to grab a cart, out of nowhere, six to eight women of all ages buzzed through and snatched every single one. I had never seen anything like it. It was like a combination of Alfred Hitchcock’s Birds, Jaws, and Piranha all in one!

I honestly don’t know what else I could have done. I was taught not to lay a hand on women. What was I supposed to do? It was like the start of a hockey game. I needed to hip check or elbow one of them to come away with a cart. I suppose I could have been more aggressive and pounce on one and hold on for dear life. But I am notoriously patient. It’s not in my nature to attack something if just a few seconds later I could get another shot at it. Subconsciously, I probably didn’t want a confrontation. Why get into a tug o war with a crazed shopper? Don’t we live in a society here? Was it all in my head? Perhaps it was.

However, in this case, my hesitation did cost me. Carts were scarce and I did waste some time scouring for another one. I also had to smooth things over with the Mrs. She was not amused as she too saw six to eight carts on its way. Coming away empty handed, does not a good provider make. If we ever pass by that Costco again, I will make a concerted effort to lunge after what is mine. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me!

What would you have done?

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27 Responses

  1. MoneyCone says:

    “What would you have done?”
    Buy Costco stocks.

  2. too funny! We have one of the busiest costcos in the state near us and I’ve seen people fight over a parking spot… but not a cart. I think you did the right thing. It’s just a cart and they obviously wanted it more than you did.

  3. Ha, ha! Where I live there is ONE Costco and it’s hard to just get into the parking lot let alone get a cart. I gave up on shopping there. I just couldn’t waste the time for a parking spot, then fighting for a cart, then the crazy check out lines. Not worth the time to me.

  4. krantcents says:

    Avoid Sundays! I avoid going to Costco on the weekends for just that reason. I usually go after school to fill my gas tank and do my shopping every two weeks. I avoid all the crowds and can get in and out fairly quickly. Pick your battles!

  5. I hope your wife gave you some credit for not getting into a major altercation with a woman. Seems like you were being a gentleman.

  6. That’s really funny! Of course probably not at the time…

  7. Evan says:

    I could tell you I would do something differently, but I wouldn’t have LOL. Literally would watch the yentas attack and steal the carts and slump back to The Wife.

    On the other hand…

  8. Buck Inspire says:

    Sorry all, I upgraded my commentluv plugin and didn’t reactivate it. Things should be back to normal now. Thanks again!

  9. It depends: Costco on a weekend – push the lady down and take the cart.
    Costco during the week – get another cart.

    **Just kidding** Just get another cart!

  10. FreelancePF says:

    Oh the pressure on us men to be hunters and gatherers in this, the slightly post-apocalyptic U.S. lol.

  11. No you should live frugal, you should have bought only a handful that needed no cart 🙂

  12. 101 Centavos says:

    Exercise a mix of guile and caution when dealing with crazed shoppers. Go for the slowest and weakest of the pack, a clothesline stiff-arm right across the larynx, stunning the creature. The younger ones will be distracted and turn on the injured pack member. This will allow you to quickly secure a shopping cart and move into the shopping zone.

    Just kidding….!

  13. FA Guys says:

    Way to keep your cool! Its funny thinking of how the ‘one stop shop’ wal-mart and costco convenient shopping experience has turned into a free for all of parking lot mazes, shopping cart bullies, and time consuming price checks. Its amazing thinking what some folks will do to try and save a dollar. Thanks for sharing and hope your future shopping trips are much more laid back.

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