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A Mobility Issue I Never Thought About

Published October 7, 2015 4:27 PM by Toni Patt

On my way home from work today, I stopped at the grocery store. As I was walking to the front door, a woman stopped me. She had one of those electric shopping carts and asked if I would please drive it back into the store for her. I must have looked shocked but after a quick driving lesson, I got the thing into the store.

I was kind of embarrassed as I was driving. I obviously didn't need to use one. Then it occurred to me. If the woman had driven the cart back into the store, she would have had to walk back out to her car. She didn't want to walk the extra distance.

We've all seen the carts in various stores. I never thought about how the system works. You walk into the store, grab a cart and shop. You use the cart to take your groceries to the car. Then the cart has to make it back into the store. The only way to do that is for someone to drive it back to the store, and then walk to the car. That's a lot of walking for someone with mobility issues.

I think the woman asked me because I was wearing scrubs. She must have associated scrubs with healthcare professionals and assumed I would understand. I did. And really, I've always wanted to try driving one of those things. They're much easier to manage than an electric wheelchair or scooter, but they're not a lot of fun.

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