Friday, January 18, 2013
Shopping carts do not kill people: people kill people.
In the United States some shopping centres have taken a few tentative steps to curb the menace. In some places carts are only available to be unchained with the deposit of a 25c coin. And this coin is only returned with the return of that cart. In other states cart disabling technology jams the wheels of the carts when carters attempt to take them off the premises. Surely both techniques of control are subtle admissions of the danger of free-ranging carts.
It is no accident that carts in England are called "buggies." There are two theories as to why this is so. The first refers to the role the "buggies" have in spreading infections throughout the shopping world. In the 'flu season this is particularly distressing, so much so that some enlightened stores provide anti-septic wipes to reduce the effects of these infectious buggies. The second theory refers to the fact that the English carts, particularly at stores such as Tesco, are rumoured to be laden with electronic bugs. These give such companies all kinds of data about the users beyond their actual purchases.
The next time you use a shopping cart (buggy) be careful. Not only can they be legal but also they may be tracking your every move.