So I very carefully snapped this picture of a shopping cart just a few spots behind me at a self-checkout lane in Walmart. The contents caught my eye then and still intrigue me now.
- At least 8 cans of spray disinfectant
- A large double stack of red solo cups
- A tall pile of plain white hand-towels
- A couple of trash cans
- A huge container of cheese balls
I thought it was an interesting collection of things to purchase. I’m not here to judge; I’ve filled carts with just as many attention-getting items. More on that in a minute.
My first thought: this person teaches preschoolers. Perhaps a Sunday School class. Maybe just a bunch of kids at home.
This shopper could be turning over a short-term rental. Or cleaning up a house before the movers arrive with the furniture.
When a youth group was selling food at an outdoor church festival, I went out the day before to purchase supplies. I overloaded a cart with giant packages of hotdogs and hamburgers, bags of buns, cases of soda, and assortments of chips. As I pulled up to check out, I felt a little self-conscious. “No,” I wanted to explain, “I don’t eat like this all this time!”
Every time I come across this picture I chuckle at the cheese balls. I’ve seen them on display. I’ve always wondered who buys them. One youth brought a similar container on a summer mission trip. Barely lasted two days. I guess it’s not as big as it looks.
What’s in your shopping cart?