Carts put out with the garbage. (Photo by Ray Johnson)

By the time you see me, it will most likely be too late. I’ll be gone, gone, gone. Oh, but it’s not just me this time, it’s me and a small-sized pedestrian cart that got stuffed into me. Sure, that little thing is not as sturdy as I am, being more susceptible to breakdowns — but he is still recyclable!

I feel like a piece of garbage. The funny thing is, there’s nothing wrong with me. I have all my wheels about me. But, even if I’m missing a couple of screws, I’m sure it’s easily fixed. What’s wrong with these shoppers? They drag me all the way from my job at Pathmark Supermarket (3785 Nostrand Avenue) and leave here on the street. Who knows how many hands pushed me around since then, and why those hands left me here in front of P.S. 254 (1801 Avenue Y) for garbage pickup?

Why didn’t the Sheepshead Bay Pathmark supermarket pick up when a Good Samaritan tried to call? Let’s hope the New Jersey headquarters can get through to the store manager in time. If not, I might try and convince the driver of this yellow school bus to take me to Boro Park. Life can only be better over there at that school. Just so happens the only Hebrew word I can think of is, “chaim”. It just might be the one word I can utter to save my life!

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  • Georgia

    I really feel bad with these shopping carts all over Brooklyn I wheeled one about 2 blocks back to it's home Stop & Shop. Now someone took this cart all the way from Nostrand Ave what a hike. Now who ever brought this cart should have returned it to it's home base. But no such thing that's why these carts are in this situation.

  • BrooklynBus

    I have a cute shopping cart story myself.This happened many years ago at a Waldbaums in Borough Park. I was looking for a cart and couldn't find any. Finally I saw a pair stuck together and tried to separate them with no luck. I finally found the manager and told him about the lack of carts and asked him if he could separate the two carts so I could use one of them. He told me that it was no use to try because in his exact words, “Oh those two? They have been going together for quite some time. You will just have to use both of them.” And so I did, indeed a married pair.

  • Gbuzakis

    Cute story now we have marriage with the carts lol now we have to match up stop & shop with pathmark lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=665079815 Allan Berkovitz

    Thanks Ray!

  • BrooklynBus

    As I said, this happened many years ago. By today those carts probably have produced many offspring. Nowadays people are more tolerant and probably wouldn't stare if they saw a pathmark hooked up with a stop & shop cart. It wasn't like that years ago.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

    Oh yes, I remember quite well how there would be terrible cart wars, like the awful one between Food Fair and Big Apple carts. That was rathe messy, supermarket flyers were all over the place.

    But even then, there were mixed marriages. Here is the offspring from one of them.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001/4112821