Now Grocery Stores Punish Us for Not Buying

Once upon a time, shopping with a basket or cart was easy. And low-tech.

Last Saturday, I was grocery shopping in Vermont with my two kids and 18-month-old in a baby seat.

I left the shop at a regular pace, but my cart didn't. It locked at the threshold, and since I was going swiftly, my 18-month-old got jolted.

I wouldn't have put her through that if I knew the cart would lock. I couldn't wheel my cart to my vehicle.

Unbeknownst to me, the store I've shopped at for years has locking wheels that prevent you from leaving with your cart if you haven't paid.

I've seen shopping carts lock as they reach a store's parking lot to prevent theft, but a cart locking on my way out was novel.

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