The Center for Prevention of Shopping Cart Abuse

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  • Blood on the Lot

    Posted on May 26th, 2009 luke No comments

    The Blood Center of Central Texas has a new advertising campaign that taps into the profound guilt experienced by shopping cart abuse. As in medieval times redemption is offered in the form of blood-letting.

  • The Simple Things in Life

    Posted on May 11th, 2009 luke No comments

    cart-grocery-run1There are a few golden rules to follow in life. Never loan money to friends. Baking soda is your refrigerator’s best friend. And, above all, keep it simple.

    Try this on for simple – instead of taking your car to the grocery store just walk there, do your shopping and ask someone with a motorcycle to let you sidecar your groceries home. Now that’s simple like Sunday morning!

  • Our Shopping Carts, Ourselves

    Posted on May 10th, 2009 luke 1 comment


    Penå Morales wins a tug cart with her son Phillipe in the early morning hours this Mother’s Day.

  • Shopping Carts, Swine Flu and You

    Posted on May 2nd, 2009 luke No comments
    A young child playfully licking a shopping cart handle.

    A young child playfully licking a shopping cart handle.

    What’s on your grocery list this week? Cereal? Bacon? Mr. Pibb? How about swine flu? Most shoppers don’t set out to participate in a pandemic. A few simple precautions can help keep your next trip to the grocery store happy, healthy and virus-free:

    1. Do not clean or wipe down your shopping cart. This may sound counter-intuitive but the truth is shopping carts tend to retain only super germs. And by super we mean really good.
    2. Encourage your children to lick shopping carts. It is a proven fact, children who lick shopping carts grow up to be more resistant to illness, more resistant to change, more resistant to not licking carts…in general just more resistant.
    3. Load your cart with pork products. Firefighters know that the best method to fight a fire is to always start another one. You should know the best way to combat a pork virus is to fill your tummy with pig.
    4. Shop in Mexico. Nobody knows more about swine flu than the people living with it. And if you want a good price on tortillas you can’t beat a good run south of the border.

    Follow these few simple rules and instead of bringing home swine flu you will be bringing home the bacon!

  • Big Idea, Little Wheels

    Posted on April 22nd, 2009 luke No comments

    bikecart1It may not be Knight Rider. In fact, it may look more like Nit Rider. Still, the prototype Cartrider by Jaebeom Jeong could offer a look into the future. Fueled by a disdain for shoes and a desire to move around the store quicker his idea may revolutionize your shopping experience. Or, like cold fusion, smooth jazz and waterboarding it may just be a passing fad.

  • The Circle of Trust

    Posted on April 20th, 2009 luke No comments

    shopping-cart-crop-circleIt may appear to be the work of extraterrestrial visitors but this circle of carts is really just a protective formation used to fight off would be shopping cart abusers. Studies have shown that in abuse prone lots carts will naturally be drawn together and form a protective ring. This fascinating form of herd mentality was first documented in early 2007. This circle was documented in Goleta, California in a Costco parking lot known to be a favorite haunt of Ali Wawa.

  • carts in rain

    Posted on April 14th, 2009 luke No comments

  • Double Trouble

    Posted on April 12th, 2009 luke No comments

    2-24-09-peter-house-tour-18If you are a fan of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen you would be distraught to see them mutilated and bound together for the sake of creating a kitchen island. Yes, they would suddenly be useful… still, any utilitarian celebration would be tempered by disgust of such cultural icons forced to uphold something counter to their primary purpose. Imagine a similar situation, only this time the wire frames are two shopping carts.

    When the Apartment Therapy website gives us a tour of Peter’s apartment we see the usual I’m a designer look at my designerery apartment touches – the jigsaw table and the ironic 80’s tv show artwork. We also see a Frankenhipster nightmare of shopping cart mutilation and abuse. We hope Pete the designer guy learns to pair his aesthetic with decency towards the noble shopping cart.

  • grocery arches

    Posted on April 10th, 2009 luke 1 comment

    cart-archBorrowed shopping carts form a spectacular arch in Burlington, Vermont. Is it abuse? Perhaps it should be viewed as a salute. Or even more – a portal. Imagine crossing through to a world of the future where shopping carts roam free, mouthwash is optional and breakfast always has a marshmallow component. Come on through to heaven.

  • A New Line in the Family Tree

    Posted on April 4th, 2009 luke 2 comments

    upcartThe shopping cart has been slow to change over the decades, mostly because the current form offers most everything a person needs – strength, mobility, shine. The UpCart from industrial designer Evan Gurgui presents itself as an evolutionary leap for the shopping cart. Swiveling baskets allow segregation of grocery items, staid crackers can be kept away from uppity cookies. An additional benefit is the exercise children can get climbing up the UpCart. The new kid in the aisle will have trial runs in local markets later this year.