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‘Shopping Cart’ Test Claiming To Tell If You’re Good Or Bad Gets Mixed Reactions

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An ethics-based theory surrounding a shopping cart is dividing the internet.

Twitter user Jared shared the supposed social experiment, which claims to determine whether you are a “good or bad member of society” by the choice you make. It depicts the choice of returning a shopping cart to the bay after using it, and emphasizes that there is no situation other than “dire emergencies in which a person is not able to return their cart.”

The test then explains that if a person is unable to return the cart, they are “no better than an animal, an absolute savage who can only be made to do what is right by threatening them with a law and the force that stands behind it.”

The tweet has been shared over 200,000 times, but opinions towards the test have been quite divided. Some internet users agree that having “respect and consideration” makes one a “good member of society,” concluding that only a “selfish jerk” would not return the cart.

However, others argue that it isn’t a hard-and-fast rule, and those who don’t return it might be facing other hurdles like dealing with screaming children. “What if the return cart section is really far away? What if you have small children that you can’t leave unattended in a car?” one Twitter user asks.

An explanation of the test was also shared online, describing that the experiment as “the ultimate litmus test for whether a person is capable of self-governing.”

“To return the shopping cart is objectively right. But, it is not illegal to abandon your shopping cart,” it explains. “Therefore, the shopping cart presents itself is the apex example of whether a person will do what is right without being forced.”

i can’t fucking stop thinking about the shopping cart theory pic.twitter.com/0v2MCtbX47

— jared (@ANTICHRISTJARED) May 14, 2020

I worked at a grocery store in the past and you’d be absolutely shocked at how many people don’t. Even worse often they’ll like kick it up on the curb so it doesn’t roll away, meaning they literally put effort into not returning it.

— deacon blues (@mercedestractor) May 15, 2020

This is true.

I'm the cart guy at a grocery store and I can confirm that I look down at you when I see you abandon the carts.

Please for the love of God and man and all that is right with the world RETURN YOUR CART.


— The Headhunter (@THEheadhunter44) May 15, 2020

Idk I just feel like as someone who once worked a retail job, I might not be required to put it back but the guy working would really appreciate it so I might as well make someone else’s day easier?? Idk it’s more about respect for the worker and not the unspoken societal law

— Bekah (@bekahbooooo_) May 15, 2020

i mean yeah that's the idea. having that level of respect and consideration for a stranger is what makes you a "good member of society"

— sam @ kasumin solo mv (@nyahoarder) May 15, 2020

It's a shitty theory, ignoring disabled people and others who may not be able to return a trolley, putting them in a "extreme emergency" vs "not even human" comparison. It's shitty analysis on every level.

Yeah, return your shopping cart. Also appreciate reasons ppl don't.

— =8)-DX (@thedxman) May 16, 2020

In a black and white world this would be true, but it leaves out variables. What if the return cart section is really far away? What if you are running late for something? What if you have small children that you can’t leave unattended in a car?

— Bass Music is Life 🧬 (@BassMusicIsLife) May 16, 2020

1) return the cart and don't be lazy
2) it's literally 1 minute out of your life
3) take the kids to return the trolley

— Beth (@bethgre239) May 16, 2020

I’m laughing at the people who are like “but I’m a decent person and sometimes I don’t feel like putting my cart back.” That’s the whole point, you inconsiderate, selfish jerk. It DOES say something about your character if you’re too lazy to do something so small lol.

— Julia Southwick (@JRsouthwick) May 15, 2020

Lol the people bashing the test don’t like what it says about themselves or cannot admit to themselves that they are actually inconsiderate jerks

— Naota (@LostNtheForrest) May 15, 2020

I didn’t know so many people didn’t return shopping carts????

— loser (@localchaos_) May 15, 2020

[via News.com.au, opening image via Shutterstock]