Shopping Cart Outside A Car Door
--by jennieG, posted Dec 4, 2007
On my way to the front door, I noticed that there was a car parked by the front doors facing the wrong direction but with the passenger door open. A woman came out of the driver side and waited by the passenger door, and out came a frail little old lady walking very slowly and using the shopping cart as as walker.
As she got closer to the passenger door, the driver took her by the hand to help her in the car and then I noticed that she had this look of uneasiness looking at the cart as if thinking, "Oh great, now what do I do with this?" She had to put the lady in the car, drop off the cart in its place, go to the other side of her car, drive out the way so other cars can pass by -- all within a few short seconds.
So, just as she scrambled to get the old lady in the car, I approached them and smiled. Then took the shopping cart and said "How about I take this in for you?" She smiled back and seemed so relieved, and then thanked me heartily for the thoughtfulness.
Such a small gesture and yet look at the response. From then on, I decided to do that every time I go shopping -- find someone who is returning their cart and intercept it mid-way and smile. (And next time I will have my smile cards with me to hand out!)