What did the shopping basket say to the shopping cart?
What did the Target customer say to the shopping basket?
“I don’t care that you don’t roll, I’m going to make you roll even if I have to drag you.”
Perhaps you’ve seen the photos of Target customers that have gone viral? (If not, brace yourself. You’re in for a treat.) To be very clear, there are no wheels on those baskets.
That image came via Buzzfeed. I don’t blame you if you want to see more of those photos – check out this Buzzfeed article. If that doesn’t make you laugh out loud, I don’t know what will.
I was alerted to those photos by my friend Anne. Remember the other week when I was a mess, scrapbooking all of my memories of leaving New Orleans? And how I reached out to some of my Nola girls via a group text? Well, Anne helped lighten the mood at one point by sharing those ridiculous photos.
Then things got even better when Maren threw out a hilarious challenge – she said that the first person to re-create one of those scenes in Target and take a selfie would get a Starbucks gift card in the mail. My heart started beating faster. I had to be that person. (Obviously, the allure of a gift card is a GREAT motivator in my world.)
Can we just acknowledge for a second how FUN Maren was/is to throw out that dare? I love people who can pull magic out of thin air. Maren, I like the way you roll.
It took a few days, but Bobby and I made our way over to Target…nobody else in the group text had stepped up to the plate yet so I knew I was SO CLOSE to victory.
I am such a rule-follower, you must know that. There was a security guard by the entrance and so, as I grabbed the stack of baskets and started dragging them across the carpet, I was just like “please don’t say anything, please don’t say anything.” He didn’t. Phew.
I stood with my baskets in tow and contemplated the dollar bins (which, by the way, have some of the best craft supplies). I really tried to get a bigger stack of baskets, but those are the only ones I could scrounge up.
BAM! There is the picture! It was such a rush.
I texted it out, everyone loved it, and then I kind of forgot about it and instead just reveled in all of my AMAZING finds from the dollar bins…
But then, last week, I got an envelope in the mail from Maren. I pranced around the room as I opened it to find my gift card! Thanks, Maren!
Alright, so here’s a Monday challenge for you: be a part of this ridiculous movement! (Yes, we are officially turning this into a movement.) Go take YOUR selfie at Target and email it to me – email@example.com. First one to do so gets the shopping cart/shopping basket watercolor print in the mail. :) As a bonus, you’ll probably find some killer crafting supplies.
On your mark, get set, GO!
Haha, love those pictures! I had not seen anything about that trend! I guess I’ll have to wait until I am back stateside to reproduce it, though I do have my own version.
I often go to the local co-op grocery store intending to just get one or two items, but then I remember a few more, and a few more. At this store, there are only baskets in the front, outside the store, so I’d have to put down the items and go outside to get one. I’ve never seen a fellow customer NOT grab a basket, so I wonder how I keep thinking I’m in the clear and not following what seems like common sense. So I end up walking up to the cash register almost dropping items, and spread them in a disorganized pile on the counter. The cashier is usually stunned/mortified because this is most certainly not how things are done in Japan. She is supposed to ring the items up, taking them from my basket, and putting them into another basket in a neat, organized way, calling out the price of each item in a cute voice, “nana hyaku go ju en” “yon ju go en.” Then she takes the basket she’s filled and puts it on a separate table for me to bag the items (and thus ruin the way they’ve just been place to neatly fit in the basket).
It’s old hat though, most of the cashiers are beginning to recognize my chaotic ways. However, in Japan, cellphones have to have a mandatory snapshot sound whenever they take a photo, so it’s much harder to discreetly snap photos of shoppers for viral distribution. So I luckily don’t have to worry about them taking pictures I don’t know about anytime soon!
Great story, and great post. What a wonderful friend too. So awesome to see encouragement like that! Hope you get some good photos sent to you.
That is the most wonderful little snippet of life. I savored reading about your chaotic adventures in the grocery store and had to laugh – it kind of reminds me of a Mr. Bean sketch where everything is a well-oiled machine and then he comes in and shakes everything up. (Although I’m sure you’re not making the ridiculous Mr. Bean noises…although maybe that could be a new twist, ha!) Is there really a mandatory snapshot sound on Japanese cellphones?!? Wild!
Please tell me you took the baskets around the whole store and not just the dollar bin section…
Ha, I wasn’t quite brave enough for that, Leah…I’ll leave that escapade up to you!
Gosh, you’ve all got me intrigued by this now. I may have to get William to do my dirty work for me, I’m pretty sure he’d be game. :)
Oh, Celeste, I couldn’t live with a shutter click sound on my cell phone! Yesterday at mass, I was able to discreetly take a photo of one of my favorite priests in the world – has cancer, carries oxygen and continues to serve God. I love this man and it will be a sad day for us but a happy one for heaven when he is called home. There was a newspaper photographer respectfully clicking away (with sounds!) for a future story on the monastery so I thought “Hey, why not me, too?” God is good. :)
Haha I’m such a rule follower as well! I completely understand your trepidation. And I just found your blog through Instagram and am loving it!
Hillary, welcome fellow rule follower! :) It’s so encouraging to have you on here. Nice to meet you!