Chapter One: Groceries
Page Six --- My Pet Peeve!
While I am an unapologetic atheist (like Ron Reagan, Jr., “Not afraid to burn in hell”), I was raised as a good Catholic boy and have to admit that many of the New Testament lessons I learned as a boy strongly influenced my value system as I grew older.
Having just celebrated the Easter/Passover weekend, it seems serendipitous that today’s Suburbo story is about a basic, Christian value: the idea of being considerate of your neighbor, your brother, and your community. Anyone familiar with the teachings of Jesus Christ (“Superstar?”) knows his teachings were essentially socialistic, if not an outright version of communism (I’m sure Trump’s evangelicals cringe at that notion!).
For me, our current society’s total lack of Christian ethics and sense of true community values is most apparent in grocery (and big box) store parking lots! On a daily basis, visiting any supermarket parking lot, you will see grocery carts scattered around the lot, many in parking spaces that would, were the cart(s) not there, be available for patrons! This, despite the fact that the stores have all provided specific places for people to return their now-empty carts.
I know there are those who will use the lame excuse: “Hey, they pay guys to collect those baskets, I’m helping the economy keeping those people employed.” Bullshit! Bullshit! Bullshit! You, my friend, are a lazy sack of shit who has NO consideration for your fellow shopper and, god forbid you take a few extra steps (exercise you can probably use), to put the cart back in one of those designated areas.
My dear friend, Ed Abbott, reminds me every time we talk on the phone, that he curses me every week now because --- in rain or sleet or hail --- as a good Christian (which he is), he feels compelled to return his cart properly. I thank him every time and will encourage anyone else who may be negligent in this area to stop using the “I’m employing someone” (you’re not) excuse and return your f’ing cart!
Here are some photos from my "field research" for this entry in the Suburbo.