Daily Prompt: Strutting Around

Children superarket trolleys

It must be great to grow up today, you can do everything your mum does, and it is all sized up for you. The supermarket trolleys that we all know are now scale models for the kiddies. After all they have to learn how to do it properly, it is part of their education.

I was spared the experience as a kid because supermarkets were only just appearing in the fifties. Mum had an old fashioned bag. “2 lbs of King Edwards” she would say at the potato stall along the road. Why the Brits had to name all the potato sorts after the Kings of England I do not know. There followed a conversation with the stall owner, who was almost a member of the family as he saw me and mum almost every day. and that was my shopping experience as a kid. I did not have to practice how to do it, it would just come naturally.

However in the process of me growing up, stall bought produce had to make room for the newly imported ideas of the supermarket. I am not sure how or why, but I am convinced it travels across the pond from America and the King Edwards and King Georges disappeared for the potatoes packed in plastic bags or perhaps they are now known as President Trumps and Eisenhowers.

And today we choose our potatoes from the shelves in the supermarket. It is so easy, even a kid could do it, if they could reach the shelves. We make it easier for them. Supermarket trolleys are now child sized. They can shop just like mummy, although mummy still chooses the products because she can reach to the top shelf. Little boys and girls now strut around in the supermarkets with their trolleys filled with the produce that mummy chooses. Mummy no longer needs a trolley, the kids are learning to be grown ups.

As an innocent witness of this procedure I am not very happy when I turn a corner and a 6-7 year old struts into my legs with the miniature metal carriage. Does he or she apologise? Of course not, I am a hindrance to the further education of the children.  At their tender age they are learning to do the shopping just like mum, although where is mum. She is having a conversation with the neighbour who also has time as her children are also making the supermarket a precarious location for golden oldies.

It all seems to be part of growing up today, to be like mummy. How sweet, look Johnny has filled his trolley with 10 packets of various sweets and has now placed a copy of the Beano or Dandy on top, his favourite comic. Mum will only discover the sweets at the till, but no problem, it is all part of growing up in today’s world and learning how to do it. Even the kids pay with mummy’s credit card, although the lady at the till often gets annoyed when they have to type the codes 3-4 times until it succeeds. Do kids know what real money looks like, or are they convinced it is just play plastic? In the meanwhile I am still rubbing my foot where it shows the impression of a wheel and other golden oldies are steadying themselves after almost being bowled over by a runaway trolley.

Daily Prompt: Strutting Around

12 thoughts on “Daily Prompt: Strutting Around

  1. Here we have shopping carts that are shaped like cars with two steering wheels. The actual shopping part of this contraption (which is huge and unwieldy) is behind the “car”. The little kids sit in the “car” and “steer.” It’s all about driving in America, I guess. 🙂

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    • We have them as well, but they are for the beginners, those thst think they are in a racing rink instead of a supermarket. They should make the kids take a driving test before they are let loose on the unsuspecting golden oldies.

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  2. I’m proud to say we don’t have those mini carts in our town. I’ve seen them in bigger cities, but Uxbridge doesn’t bother with that fancy stuff. And you have no idea how glad I am. I cannot imagine how much I’d had being run into by kids with baby-sized shopping carts. How annoying. I have trouble with the grownups who don’t look where they are going, much less the kids.

    When I got to Israel, they didn’t have supermarkets yet, but over the years, they arrived. At first, everyone rejected them, preferring to go to the open market … but gradually, being able to shop indoors, out of the weather and knowing how much you would have to pay before you got to the vendor and began the haggling … got increasingly popular. I think they eventually took the old marketplace down — and built a mall. This stuff catches up with every country.

    But hopefully NOT the baby carts.

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    • It’s a money making thing as well for the supermarket. They already begin to influence the kids what to buy and the parents don’t realise how they are being indoctrinated. And there are the side games, like collecting stickers at the till according to how much you spend. When the card is full you might get mini packets of products for the kids to play with their mini shops which they buy to complete the game. At the moment there are figures to colllect to go with recorded stories, also available with stickers etc. etc. The kids are being influenced already. I refuse the stickers at the cash desk, but there is always a customer waiting next to me in the queue that asks me if she can have my stickers.

      Switzerland is a small country and we have two large supermarket chains, Migros and Co-op who are continuously copying each other. Migros have their own products and is where I mainly shop. The smaller grocery shops are dying and hardly exist, only in the smaller villages where they are perhaps combined with the local post office

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  3. The grocery store in the neighborhood where I work has the mini kiddie shopping carts. I work on the Upper East side of Manhattan where the rich, famous and wealthy live.
    In the Working class neighborhoods where I grew up and now live just regular adult sized shopping carts. Personally I think that the very rich and wealthy live in a fantasy world with total disregard for seniors and working class people who smooth their pathway through life.

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    • The children’s shopping carts are really not necessary. When I was in New York, mainly Manhatten, I never saw a grocery store with shopping carts. It is probably not something for tourists. however there were deli’s everywhere.

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      • Yes. New York city has loads of delis. Growing up I remember going to the grocery store with either mom or dad. Like any child I wanted sweets, candy and cookies but there were no little itty bitty carts. My parents had the final say over food purchase. We were also taught to respect our elders, be courteous and polite.

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