What if I told you that what you’re about to read will have you thinking about shopping carts for the rest of the day? Don’t believe me? Read on.

It’s impossible to know where the Shopping Cart Theory ultimately originated, but occasionally something interesting can emerge from the depths of the internet’s basement.

Part 1: Thesis

The original poster breaks down the thesis statement like this:

Source: Anonymous on 4Chan

Part 2: Evidence

Gotta love the lofty language utilized by the would-be philosopher here.

Source: Anonymous on 4Chan

Part 3: Moral Convictions

Is returning the shopping cart one of the few true purely selfless acts?

Source: Anonymous on 4Chan

Part 4: Animals

Thus far, I’ve been waiting for this 4chan post to get weirdly gross or intense, and here it is:

Source: Anonymous on 4Chan

Part 5: Conclusion

A final bold stance is taken.

Source: Anonymous on 4Chan


So, armed with the idea that literally the only way to tell a purely good from a purely bad person is to monitor their behavior in a Walmart parking lot, the internet was set ablaze. Twitter user @ANTICHRISTJARED (intense name, bro) shared the original screenshot of the post alongside a diagram displaying a variant of the trolley problem, but rather than choosing between one life and several, the subject is choosing between putting cart away and…not.



A few grocery/retail employees were quick to support the idea that this is highly important.


There are a couple of glaring holes in this 3 paragraph manifesto…

Further Evidence

Consider that this act of courtesy may be more helpful than you realize.

Human Cost

Relationships have been ruined by this. Think of the families. Think of the future.

So, what do you think? Overblown rhetoric, or moral imperative worthy of being chiseled into stone as the eleventh commandment?

…or something in between, maybe?

Let us know in the comments.