The Amazing Phenomenon of Young People in Motorized Carts

Thursday, July 9, 2009
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For some time now, obese people have taken to zipping around in motorized carts because they are too lazy to walk. This habit has become more and more common as Americans have become more and more obese. Chris Walker tackles this one:

As frightening as a future with cyborgs may be, I’m more terrified by a different kind of future: a future where packs of obese people ride around on motorized carts and wheelchairs; clogging up grocery store aisles; offending others with their giant rolls of fat; boosting Funyuns stocks with their ceaseless consumption. That’s what truly horrifies me: a world where being obese and lazy is acceptable – considered a disease rather than the result of bad lifestyle choices. A world where people who’ve never learned self-restraint – unable to remove themselves from a McDonald’s drive-thru – are catered to, given special treatment like access to handicap parking and larger seats. A world where people only eat at Applebee’s*. And you know what? The future I fear most is going to be here a lot sooner than a future with cyborgs. In fact, it’s already upon us.

It’s so bad that the truly handicapped and the elderly have to fight fat people for carts. But these carts are not just for the obese anymore - they are retail and neighborhood cabs for the lazy. I am noticing an incredible trend nowadays, and that is that people in their 30s and 40s and 50s – sometimes men, but mostly women – are riding carts around stores, malls, and even to get around outside. And they are not always obese either, which is why this strikes me as grossly pathetic. I see women who are 30-50 pounds overweight, which is not huge by any means, riding these things around the grocery stores, Wal-Mart, the malls, the sidewalks, etc. Young women. They are not handicapped yet they look horrible: slumpish, lazy, tired, and uninspired, and they choose to haul their lazy asses around in these motorized carts. No shame whatsosver. Embarrassed? Nah. I’ll even see a skinny hubby or teenage kids walking right next to them. I am seeing this wherever I go. I have a brother who is handicapped and needs a cart because he is an amputee. He says he has to go to Target or Wal-Mart first thing in the morning, otherwise he can’t get a cart.

What in the hell is the mentality of a 40-ish woman who plops her overweight butt into a motorized cart because she doesn’t have the motivation to walk on her own two legs? As well as I know women and their excuses, I can tell you that they come up with a long, uninterrupted string of ‘em to pass off to people to explain why they have to ride in that cart. According to them, they have nearly every ailment on the planet. Self-diagnosed ailments can be very helpful in reducing peoples’ expectations of you. They can explain away your every fault and your inability to achive.

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23 Responses to The Amazing Phenomenon of Young People in Motorized Carts

  1. Richard Nikoley says:

    July 9th, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    Last week, on a cruise to celebrate the parents’ 50th, we were all inspired by one woman with MS who put all those fat-mobile riders to shame. She walked all over the ship all the time with the help of crutches, and with a smile on her face. Feet turned outward, and she walked slow, but the determination on her face was truly inspiring.

    She even took the stairs instead of the elevators.

  2. Robin says:

    July 9th, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    I’m used to seeing an unfolding American future that looks like ATLAS SHRUGGED, but this mechanically enabled fatness reminds me of Frank Herbert’s DUNE. In that novel, the evil Baron Harkonnen uses multiple anti-gravity devices to support the weight of his gargantuan obesity.

  3. Shannon says:

    July 9th, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    Richard-that is mighty inspiring! I know of some others with MS who walk around either unassisted or with a cane! Amazing!

    I am one of those overweight people, with arthritis and scoliosis but you know what? I walk and I enjoy it! I know that the only way I will stay as I am is to not get moving around. Of course, in losing the extra weight, it relieves the stress of your joints and improves arthritis and other conditions. Sometimes we have to do hard things and go against the tendency to do whatever everyone else does. In fact, when I go to the store I will park far enough from the door so that I have to walk a distance. I have been nearly ran over by people using the carts that you mention. Plus, I think of the hygiene issue. Who wants to sit on something that a dozen other people-many not so clean, have been riding around on?

    Also, summer wardrobe advice to overweight persons: Please cover your body and be appropriate. Spaghetti strap tank tops, spandex capris, and daisy dukes are not flattering for a heavyset individual.

  4. Steve Haag says:

    July 9th, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    You’re right on about lazy, obese people. Reminds me of a pet peeve of my own: People blocking up traffic in a parking lot while they wait for a ‘prime’ space to open up. Plenty of parking spaces available of course – but these folks don’t want to be bothered by walking an extra 15 yards.

  5. miles says:

    July 9th, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    Its a sad self-reinforcing cycle that many fat people get on, but have lost too much self-esteem to break free of.

    Something bad happens in their life and they start to eat more and more for the caffeine/sugar/aspartame/who-knows-what-other-created-slightly-addictive-subtle-mood-altering-chemical-else high that is provided for a couple of hours by eating, and their body gets used to getting these little highs at particular times during their day, and they begin to put on weight. Putting on weight limits their social success to a degree, but they are seeking pyschological/mental/mood-consolation from food and sugar-fructose drinks anyway. They get into sedentary hobbies (World or Warcraft and television), and make other fatty-aquaintances, their hormones start getting lessened, and their insulin spikes, and their sex drive atrophies right along with their bodies. By this time, food and the convivial pleasures are the highlights of their day, and they even schedule social activites around food. By the time one of them is moving about on a motorized scooter, they have put on so much flesh that in the dark recesses of their minds they know if they were willing to lose it, they’d be a mass of strech marks and their skin would look like a Shar-pei dog if they done it quickly and painlessly (and getting “supa”-fat will convert one to laziness as sure as night follows day). Are some of these people pituitary or thyroid victims of unnaturally slow metabolisms? Sure, but most are there because they consume way more calories than they burn and make processed gunk the mainstay of their diet, chasing the chemical sensations like a meth addict smelling a trailer park lab. The libertarian streak in most of us wants to say, “to each his own”, but with Obamacare on the horizon, we all have to pay for the gluttony of the few. I feel pity for them.

  6. Steve Haag says:

    July 9th, 2009 at 11:37 pm

    Also – although sheer hosiery may be ‘out of style’, more women should consider donning this fine adornment before going out in public. This is even more important if the woman is slightly overweight or obese. The hosiery really ‘completes’ her look by improving the appearance of her legs, and adding a touch of class and sophistication with just a hint of sexiness. It seems that about a decade ago Carrie Bradshaw of ‘Sex in the City’ announced her freedom from hose and the next thing we knew women nationwide followed her right into the abyss of fashion trashiness. I admire women who resist following that trend. Not only does it show independence of thought, it shows that they understand the meaning of the word ‘class’.

  7. Tony S says:

    July 10th, 2009 at 1:18 am

    This post falls under the category of things that are so sad and troubling they become funny. I have no patience for these people. was born with a lung ailment the doctors said would keep me on medications forever. The doctors, of course, were wrong. I found running strengthened my lungs over the years to the point where I dropped all meds and worked a medical miracle on myself (six years no meds, and counting). It galls me that people who were given healthy bodies destroyed theirs when I had to work my butt of to make myself normal. All I can do is laugh or I get really upset.

  8. Karen De Coster says:

    July 10th, 2009 at 7:05 am

    Steve, while hosiery can add class, have you ever worn them? :–)

    They are awful and cause myriad “female” health problems. I used to wear them at my job, every day, all day. Also, it cost me $50-60 per month to wear the dang things. I’ll never wear them on the job again. I avoid them until absolutely necessary. But it helps that I have legs that don’t need ‘em.

  9. John Denton says:

    July 10th, 2009 at 11:05 am

    While waiting in the checkout line at a supermarket a few days ago, a family of four was just ahead of me. The woman was using her shopping cart as a body brace and her husband and kids were salivating over the wholesome goodies mamma and daddy bought. Daddy went about 300, mamma weighed 225, and the kids added their own blubber to the group. So, what were the goodies? 3-12 packs of Mountain Dew, 2 boxes of bakery pastries, 4 packages of fruit-filled pies, a box of Hohos, a box of some other kind of packaged cake, Doritos, chips, a gallon of milk, and some other stuff I presume was high in calories but I didn’t see checked out. Nummy. They are in a training program for motorized cart usage.

  10. Steve Haag says:

    July 10th, 2009 at 11:20 am

    Nope – can’t say that I’ve ever worn hosiery – I’m not one of ‘those’ kind of guys. I only know that hosiery complements any woman’s wardrobe – at least to my eyes. Fact is – most women don’t have the legs to pull off the ‘no hose’ look effectively. Any blemishes on a woman’s legs are there for all to see when she is sans hose. Also – is there not a greater risk of foot problems such as blisters? And wouldn’t other health concerns be mitigated by wearing thigh highs instead of pantyhose? For comfort – thinner or thicker knits could be chosen depending on weather and such. I’m still amazed at how many bare legged women I see in the dead of winter! Surely – the insulating properties of hosiery would be more comfortable in such conditions?
    I guess I’m just old school. There was a day when a young woman wearing her first pair of stockings was a rite of passage into adulthood. There was a day when women loved to wear hose and men loved that women loved to wear them. I suppose I just miss those days.

  11. Steve Haag says:

    July 10th, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    At least you don’t wear Crocs!

  12. Karen De Coster says:

    July 10th, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    “Fact is – most women don’t have the legs to pull off the ‘no hose’ look effectively.”

    I know — and they should be tasered by a cop for doing so (kidding, kidding). My other favorite is wearing revealing sandals (I do) but not bothering to keep their nails clean and trimmed, and their feet are all dry, scaly, nasty, and look amphibious.

  13. Karen De Coster says:

    July 10th, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    John, the “grocery cart lean,” as I call it, is my next favorite habit. Women leaning on their carts AS THEY PUSH THEM ALONG. They use their carts as crutches on wheels to support their sloth ways.

  14. The Infamous Oregon Lawhobbit says:

    July 10th, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    When I read the title of this piece I thought it was going to be about something I see out here in the desert – kids, juveniles, riding around(sometimes two or three at a time) on those electric chair-cart-thingies.

    I guess they’re just working at getting hooked early.

  15. Shannon says:

    July 12th, 2009 at 11:00 am

    As for Steve’s pantyhose comments, I have to admit that as a woman, I feel better wearing them, as I have some surgical scars and other nasties that are concealed so well by them. Although, I agree that wearing them everyday, all day at work could contribute to the “female problems” that Karen mentioned.

    As a whole, I see that most women don’t dress with very much respect for themselves or others. They are content to sport the t-shirt bum and sweats look 24/7. Maybe what Steve is implying, that women just need to dress for success a bit more and not give in to the slacker look.

    Oh, and dressing nice does not have to cost a lot of money either. I dressed up the other day and my entire outfit, shoes included, cost me around $10.00. Gotta love thrifting!

  16. Shannon says:

    July 12th, 2009 at 11:33 am

    P.S. As for croc, they are completely OUT on my list. They are so ridiculous looking. Oh, and can’t stand the gross nails either. Makes me want to carry some extra files, clippers, polish, and instructions to hand out to these people LOL

  17. Steve Haag says:

    July 14th, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    Yes – I agree Shannon. Admittedly – I have a male’s perspective – but I think women in hosiery – whether that be pantyhose or sheer stockings – simply look better. The hosiery enhances the look of her legs even if her legs are very good to begin with. There are certain sensual properties to the hose as well which are attractive to my eye. I can understand comfort/cost issues regarding the wearing of hose – but I always appreciate women who wear them. Since hosiery really isn’t ‘in style’ these days – women who go the extra mile and wear them show me that they don’t merely follow the crowd and take the easy way out as so many others do.

  18. Chris Walker says:

    July 16th, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    I think Steve Haag has a serious fetish going on.

  19. Mr Koolkat says:

    August 23rd, 2009 at 1:42 am

    I agree the fatties don’t need karts, they need exercise, better eating habits and a great deal of self restraint; particularly when it comes to they way they dress. It is the store’s fault for not enforcing who can ride on these karts. They are gutless fools which are too afraid of offending “customers”.

    Fashion tips for obese men: Cover it up. We do not want to see your fat gut or over-sized butt. Buy clothing which actually fits you properly so you don’t end up looking 10 months pregnant.

    The same goes for obese women with some added caveats: Do cover up your arms. We don’t want to see them. Do not wear something that is 4 sizes too tight. It is not cute and you look like whales. If you are a size 20, then buy a size 20.. NOT a size 12. Forget about those skinny jeans if you weight more than 124 #. Also never, and I mean never wear shorts if your legs look like drumsticks from KFC.

  20. Bill B says:

    August 31st, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    Didn’t I read an article someplace that someone invented hosiery that was attractive, provided support and flaw coverage and didn’t shred after 1 or 2 uses only to be prevented by the “evil hosiery corporations” that wanted to keep selling the disposables? Oh well it’s probably like the 100 mpg car story. BTW like Karen I’m a anarchao libertarian but unlike Karen I’m about 60lbs overweight, ex jock, 6’3″ 285 lbs. I like her approach to diet and exercise and for myself and my wife, I plan on changing my life.

  21. Dianna Lynn says:

    December 8th, 2010 at 2:20 am

    I find this post and most of the comments sad and downright mean. I am one of “those people” who use the carts at Wal-Mart. The way I’ve been treated by some people in the store is just wrong.

    I was in an accident several years ago and now face knee replacement surgery. The horrible pain I’ve been in has caused problems with my mobility and subsequently the weight gain to go along with it. You know, the more it hurts, the less I do and the less I do the more weight I gain. And, just in case you’re wondering, I dress appropriately with clothing in the correct size.

    I’m doing everything I can to get this weight off as painlessly as possible. Diets without exercise usually fail. I have started a program at a local rehab center that uses pool therapy and hopefully that will do the trick.

    I hope the day comes that you will all be more compassionate because you too could experience hatred from those who do not know you.

  22. John Delano says:

    December 8th, 2010 at 5:33 am

    I don’t watch them close enough to find out, but I often wonder if they are riding them just because they are fat, or do they actually have some disability?  And if they are disabled, did the disability cause the fatness, or did the fatness cause the disability?
    And are these the same people who turn store entrances into giant clusterfucks as they sit in their vehicles waiting for a space close to the front of the store rather than just park and walk a hundred extra feet?

  23. Carol Ross says:

    June 10th, 2017 at 11:30 am

    I was looking up carts for my son who cant drive, and ran across this. All i can think of is Karma now! But I couldn’t wish the pain i have on my worst enemy! I was a active person and weighed 99 pounds, when i kayaked out to an island, tripped on a steel rod hidden in the weeds, went flying down a hill, and landed on rocks. I weigh 140 now. I exercise in a pool, but if i overdo it, my pain is unbearable. Ive had two surgeries that did nothing to help. I do not use the handicap carts, but i do look at them longingly when I’m in so much pain I’m fighting back tears. So if i was to allow myself to ride one of these carts, i would be ridiculed. Well then maybe the author will hope for me that i can continue to fight the severe pain and stay walking. I am sure most people riding them carts wish, with all their hearts, they would not need to. Strive for Peace, Love, and Positive Thinking. We need more of that in this world.

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