In August 2022, u/Rocko52 took to the r/Costco subreddit and started a new thread with their rant, entitled “Why for the love of god do you treat carts like trash cans.” U/Rocko52 griped, “I doubt this is anyone particular enough to be on a Costco subreddit, but jesus christ are people disgusting. The amount of revolting trash I find in carts every hour, every day for months is enough for one lifetime. From raw fish, to used diapers, to condoms, to uncountable amounts of crushed food samplings, to wipes melted into mush in the rain, to half eaten food court s— it’s enough to drive someone mad…There’s gotta be like 50 trash cans in the whole store too.”
Commenters on the thread shared their unpopular opinions about Costco customers, too. One Redditor stated they had found used diapers in the carts, while u/Wild-Plate-6298 also said discarded food samples were common occurrences in their experience. The original poster also added used clothing to the list of things they have found in carts later in the thread, suggesting people are essentially using the carts as a way to dump unwanted items.
Many of the irritations for Costco workers like this could be alleviated if more customers put themselves in those workers’ shoes, lest something unfortunate happen to them, like the shoppers who were recently trapped in elevators at the big-box retailer (per Commercial Observer).