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Old 04-10-2010, 11:14 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC (formerly Vienna, VA)
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I grew up near Philadelphia very close to US 1 and we called it "Route 1" as well.

I try to return my carts and park my car close to the corral when possible. But sometimes it's on the opposite side of the lane and my 3 kids are in the car so I position it as best as possible so it doesn't roll into another's car. I try to be a good citizen and do the right thing but I'm not going to risk leaving my kids alone in the car to return the cart if it's not feasible.

TGBWC, my husband calls shopping carts "buggies" too. He's from Massachusetts/New Hampshire but went to college and lived in North Carolina for many years - not sure what region that is from. It used to bug me, too but it's rubbed off on me a bit. I said it to my mom the other day, and she said, "What's a buggy?"

 
Old 04-10-2010, 11:44 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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I grew up near Philadelphia very close to US 1 and we called it "Route 1" as well.

I try to return my carts and park my car close to the corral when possible. But sometimes it's on the opposite side of the lane and my 3 kids are in the car so I position it as best as possible so it doesn't roll into another's car. I try to be a good citizen and do the right thing but I'm not going to risk leaving my kids alone in the car to return the cart if it's not feasible.

TGBWC, my husband calls shopping carts "buggies" too. He's from Massachusetts/New Hampshire but went to college and lived in North Carolina for many years - not sure what region that is from. It used to bug me, too but it's rubbed off on me a bit. I said it to my mom the other day, and she said, "What's a buggy?"
Then "buggy" it is!!!!
 
Old 04-10-2010, 11:56 AM
 
Location: Home is where the heart is
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I like 'country' roads, too. I love the rolling hills I drive past on the back roads in Stafford. I said county rd.
Ooops, sorry 'bout that. As Homer Simpson would say, D'uh! Guess I'm too distracted by how pretty it is outside. I've been out all morning and I may just head out again in a few minutes.
 
Old 04-10-2010, 01:05 PM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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I always always put them back. And like many others here, I'll go find the abandoned carts and take them back to the store when I'm headed in--why not? Besides, if no one returns their carts, the stores will have to hire more cart collectors (and buy replacement carts when they get stolen or dinged up), and the cost of groceries will rise...

The worst is when the parking lot is crowded and I think I've found a spot, only to pull in half way and realize there's a cart on the curb blocking the front of the spot. UGH.
 
Old 04-10-2010, 06:28 PM
 
Location: Fairfax County
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I've been in every state that US 1 goes through and this is the first area I've heard it referred to as "route 1".
(they do call it uselss 1 in south FL, but that is another story.)
They call it Post Road back where I'm from.
 
Old 04-11-2010, 05:04 AM
 
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I grew up near Philadelphia very close to US 1 and we called it "Route 1" as well.
Really? I sit corrected then. I've only heard it in VA.

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They call it Post Road back where I'm from.
US 1 usually has a local street name such as Jeff. Davis Hwy in Fburg, but when referring to it as a Hwy with a # US 1 just makes more sense to me.

I feel bad that it seems like I've hijacked this thread, but the OP did invite others to share pet peeves in the OP
 
Old 04-11-2010, 11:04 AM
 
Location: Northern, VA
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OMG!!! I don't know what irks me more...shopping carts NOT returned to the "cart corral" or people who pick up refrigerated food items in the grocery store, change their minds and then leave it where ever they happen to be standing. If you don't want that frozen turkey...PUT IT BACK IN THE TURKEY FREEZER!! Do you know how many people would kill to have access to that turkey that you pretty much trashed? Sheesh!

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Do you return your carts to the designated return areas, or do you leave it as close to your car as you can? It seems like the biggest violators are in Costco lots, where carts are on the grass areas, in plant beds, front wheels on curbs, and generally scattered everywhere. My question for those who don't take the time to take carts to designated areas (even there, they are often not placed very orderly), why? How hard is it to push the cart a few feet? Let's hear if your excuses are on par with the reckless drivers who occasionally post here. Sorry, but this is one of the admittedly little things in life that I just don't understand. I'm trying to figure out what about our society this reflects. Any ideas? Add your own pet peeves to this string if you'd like.
 
Old 04-11-2010, 11:06 AM
 
Location: Northern, VA
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LOL@ buggies. A buggy is what the Amish ride around in as far as I'm concerned. I don't like pop or supper either...it's soda and dinner

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I grew up near Philadelphia very close to US 1 and we called it "Route 1" as well.

I try to return my carts and park my car close to the corral when possible. But sometimes it's on the opposite side of the lane and my 3 kids are in the car so I position it as best as possible so it doesn't roll into another's car. I try to be a good citizen and do the right thing but I'm not going to risk leaving my kids alone in the car to return the cart if it's not feasible.

TGBWC, my husband calls shopping carts "buggies" too. He's from Massachusetts/New Hampshire but went to college and lived in North Carolina for many years - not sure what region that is from. It used to bug me, too but it's rubbed off on me a bit. I said it to my mom the other day, and she said, "What's a buggy?"
 
Old 04-11-2010, 11:14 AM
 
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They call it Post Road back where I'm from.

Connecticut?

During my college years in New Haven CT....I often heard it called the Boston Post Road.
 
Old 04-11-2010, 08:44 PM
 
Location: somewhere
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We always either return our cart to one of the return areas or take it back up to the store. I've noticed a lot of carts in the Safeway lot in Kingstowne. The Safeway is pretty new, but for some reason there are no return areas in that lot.?.?

P.S. I have converted to calling them "carts". I grew up saying "buggy", but it drove my wife crazy and I have been converted.
Is that not nuts? It is a wonderful, huge store yet no return areas except right by the front doors of the store. That was my favorite place to buy groceries when we were in the area.

As far as what I do with the carts, I always park next to a return area so that I can just put them in there. Even if it means I have to walk further, I figure I can use the exercise.
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