Supermarket Physical Therapy?

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A new phenomenon is taking place in our local grocery store. Suddenly, young, old and in-between have taken to using grocery carts like walkers. It’s like watching giant physical therapy sessions, only the postures are slouchy and slumped and the feet drag like anchored with ball and chain.

I’m proud to say that when I do my shopping, I stand straight, tall, and pick my feet up shin-high. Now mind you, I am tall – very tall – and quite honestly, I couldn’t bend over and lean on a cart if you paid me. But even if I could, I wouldn’t because it looks – yucky! And more important, it’s just plain bad for you to walk around all hunched over.

Now some of you may think me an insensitive boob because there are people who NEED to lean. This is true, and to them, I say, ignore my rant. But for others, for God’s sake, stand tall (even if you’re not as tall as I), punch out that chest and lift those feet, at least as high as your ankles!!

On another grocery store note. The almost aisle-long mommy-kiddie baby bomber carts have found their way to the mothball fleet of shopping carts. (I wrote about these shortly after one of them about annihilated me when it came blasting around the corner.) This is true progress since we limping (not leaning!) Baby Boomers are no match for Gen-X, Millennials, (or whatever they are), who text away as they tear down the aisles with their weapons of mass destruction having no regard for life and limb of anyone in their way.

But, thanks to dear Wegmans: problem solved!WegmansNewLogo09-09-10[1]

Grocery Cart Physical Therapy

I’m on a role again, and I don’t mean with my grocery cart.

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However, I’ve noticed a new trend in the sport of shopping-cart-pushing and actually, instead of pushing, the new sport requires players to lean on the cart in such a manner that it holds them up. The aisles of my local market now look like a sort of physical therapy facility where “patients” use grocery carts instead of crutches or braces to aid their mobility. And, we’re not talking seniors; this trend has coaxed all ages and all sexes to join in.

Have you seen the movie “Wall-E?” This grocery cart trend reminds me of the humans in that movie who were sent to a space station to be saved after global devastation. There they became so fat and immobile, they required the use of high-tech, air-born sleds to move around. But …WALL_E_fat_chair

…the outcome for the Wall-E humans was positive, and very sweet. Will the outcome for the grocery-cart players be thusly so?