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As far as I can tell, there are three types of people in the world. Those who always return their shopping carts to the cart rack, those who don’t, and those who return their carts only when it is convenient or when someone makes a point of reminding them to do it.
I have said on many occasions, being a moral person isn’t about the big good vs. evil decisions. Those are easy to make. The real challenge of moral living is doing the right thing when the stakes are low. In other words, a moral person does the right thing because it’s the right thing to do and not just because it’s convenient.
Moral people don’t do the right thing to make themselves look good, though that is obviously a benefit. They do the right thing because they understand they are responsible for their actions and they find value and pride in doing their part, however small, to make the world a slightly better place.
When it comes to carts, not putting the carts back is a problem. It makes parking lots dangerous and does real damage to people’s properties. If you dislike driving into a parking lot and not being able to find a place to park your car because all the spots have carts in them, then the question you need to ask yourself is this: are you part of the problem or part of the solution. Because if you are not putting your carts back, you are part of the problem. Only putting them some of the time means you aren’t putting them back all the time.