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When Target is too fancy…


My local Target, spurred by the upgrades in the closest Walmart, recently converted to a SuperTarget. Target spent the last six months upgrading the store and adding a grocery department.

I love this economy. Suddenly merchants have to work hard for my dollar.

I’ve started shopping at Target rather than Albertsons or Vons since the produce and meat products are significantly cheaper. And, to make things even better, Target has been regularly mailing coupons for beef, eggs, and produce.

I thought life couldn’t get better… until Target upgraded the shopping carts. As I grabbed the new odd looking cart, it soundlessly maneuvered the aisles. The cart turned on a dime without so much as a squeak in protest. The smile quickly melted when…


A mother, who had been quickly breezing the aisles, let go of her cart with her child buckled in the seat and it slammed into mine. She wasn’t paying attention when she let go and naturally assumed the cart would stop when she did – just like all the other crummy carts Target used to have. Sadly it did not, and her cart hit my unmoving cart with such force, I’m quite sure her child suffered whiplash. Her cart bounced off mine and, thanks to the amazing maneuverability of the new carts, went back to exactly the same position it was when she let it go. Rather than apologize for her error, she thought I had hit her cart and screamed ‘WATCH WHERE YOU ARE GOING!’ while grabbing for her wailing child.


Dear Target,

I liked the other noisy, crummy, dirty carts better. At least I didn’t get yelled at in the produce aisle with those things.

Bring them back.

Shopping Cart


  • Reply Nicole |

    Oh, I would have so clued her in on the real deal! Some people!!! You can’t tell me stories like this, they just get me all worked up, oh my! :o)

  • Reply debtfree2b |

    I agree with Nicole. I hope you gave it to that lady. I can’t stand people who think they are the only ones in the store and hog up the whole aisle, or just cut in front of you and don’t keep their children under control! Now I’m all riled up and I wasn’t even there. LOL!

  • Reply Stephan |

    wow, what a rude person, did you at least state your opinion or just walk away? some people are just so clueless, and to think that her child could have been hurt because she wasnt even paying attention!

  • Reply Joseph |

    I love Target. But those carts kind of look like toy carts. The kind you buy for a three year old to play with.

  • Reply Beks |

    Nicole, debtfree2b, and Stephan – I started to tell her what happened and she stormed off in a huff. I don’t think she would have heard me over her screaming child anyway. I don’t think she would have listened even if she could have heard me.

    Joseph – I agree! I feel a bit silly walking around with them!

  • Reply Mysterious Debt Project |

    I can’t imagine how people can be this rude. I would never dream of treating someone that way. Who raised these women?

  • Reply Cameron |

    I Love Target! My fav. store b.c they have really great deals on household and bedding. Great back to school shopping.

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