It adds a bit more movement in your day and shows respect by taking care of something that doesn't belong to you. It prevents damage to vehicles, keeps the carts out of the heat, cold, rain or snow. The cart won't clog up the parking spaces if they are put back in the store. Most of all, it's not that hard and doesn't take very long to just return the cart to the store where others can use it.
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When I do my grocery shopping without my kids I like to park the farthest from the grocery store. When I'm done loading my groceries into my car I return my shopping cart back into the store. It's one less cart that the cart guy has to bring in and I feel good knowing that I got a little extra steps in for the day.
When I go to the store, I park further away & take 1 or 2 shopping carts back to the store. When I'm finished shopping & have loaded my car, I take my basket & often others back to the store. This lowers my costs because it reduces shopping cart damage & labor costs, which are ultimately passed on to the consumers, & prevents door dings, which lower auto resale values & raise ins rates. Pushing a couple of shopping carts is more effort than just walking, which burns more calories.
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