Have you heard of the Shopping Cart Litmus Test? Glenn Danzig? Cool.

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For those who haven't, someone, possibly Misfits/Samhain/Danzig singer Glenn Danzig, came up with this theory -

"The shopping cart is the ultimate litmus test for whether a person is self-governing. To return a shopping cart is an easy, convenient task and one that we recognize as the correct, appropriate thing to do. To return the shopping cart is objectively right. There are no situations other than dire emergencies in which a person is not able to return their cart.  Simultaneously, it is not illegal to abandon your shopping cart. Therefore the shopping cart presents itself as the apex example of whether a person will do what is right without being forced to do it. No one will punish you for not returning the shopping cart, no one will fine you or kill you for not returning the shopping cart, you gain nothing by returning the shopping cart. You must return the shopping cart out of the goodness of your own heart. You must return the shopping cart because it is the right thing to do. Because it is correct. A person who is unable to do this is no better than an animal, an absolute savage who can only be made to do what is right by threatening them with a law and the force that stands behind it. The shopping cart is what determines whether a person is a good or bad member of society."

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I love it. I don't truly believe that Danzig said that, from what I can gather, the idea can be attributed to an anonymous user on a social media website. Oh internet, you win again.

But I do believe that Danzig would love the Price Rite shopping plaza in Torrington, why? There is never an empty shopping cart in that plaza. They use the insert quarter-chain-locked shopping carts, and man, do I get hit up by someone waiting to take it the second I close my trunk. Is that the easy solution to the shopping cart debate? Is there anybody in Torrington besides me that remembers to bring a quarter?

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