I have a confession to make.
It was me, I did it.
I'm the one responsible for that abandoned shopping cart full of stuff. On many separate occasions at many separate grocery stores I, knowingly and deliberately, put a bunch of stuff into a cart not intending to buy any of it.
I'm so sorry that you had to put it all away. I'm even sorrier if you had to stay late to do it. I don't want to make your jobs harder, but I had no choice.
See, it's part of my job.
No, I'm not a Secret Shopper or anything. I stalk people for money. Specifically, I stalk those suspected of scamming their insurance companies and try to get them on tape doing stuff they shouldn't be able do.
Sometimes, I have to follow them into the grocery store and pretend to shop so my hidden camera can film these people lifting heavy bags of dog food or whatever when they told the insurance company they liquefied their spines and can't work any more. Then, when these people are done shopping I have to haul ass back to my surveillance vehicle and film them as they lift all their goodies into their cars.
And every time I leave a cartload behind, I feel guilty. I try not to get too much and I don't get anything perishable because I have no idea how long that cart is going to sit there before making some poor worker's day just a little more cruddy. I used to work retail, and go-backs were the worst.
If it makes you feel any better, I've caught several people lifting all kinds of heavy stuff when they were supposed to be unable to haul themselves off the couch. These people are NATS on an epic scale, and you're helping bring them to justice. So thank you for dealing with the odd cart of crap just sitting there.
I don't always abandon a full grocery cart in the store, but when I do I feel bad about it.
Stay sane, my friends.