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?