While I do leave my cart at the end caps and foray down into the trenches of the aise to capture my Bertolli pasta, it's less than a minute or 2 to go down one aisle and back up the next. I doubt anyone would think the cart abandoned for that amount of time.
Ice cream decisions of course disqualify the above of course. That goes unsaid.
I was more talking about the people who have to remain in physical contact with their cart every moment. Like you'll see them taking 2 or even 3 steps away, but their entire body is now contorted because their hand cannot be released, no matter what.
I've put an item accidently into someone elses cart, and watched others do that to me. That can happened even if you're just a foot away. Hey, it happens.
Yeah, I thought about the fact you've already scanned your item. I guess you'd have to check before checking out everything was all right.
You know what? I do see a problem with having those bags hanging from hooks, so your products are out of sight. It would be impossible to tell one cart from the next.
The carts themselves would have to be clearly labled so you know which one was yours.
There's a locally owned nursery here that I sometimes go to. They have those low plat style carts for loading plants on.
They all have names painted on the front like:
Sir Paul McCARTney
Stop Dragging my CART Around
Total Eclips of the CART
and so forth
I always look for and try to get The CART of Death.