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Grocery Shopping Parking Poll

Yesterday, went to 2 grocery stores and it took me 2 hours which was a little ridiculous. But that's what I get for going grocery shopping on a Sunday afternoon/evening. Musings during said trip inspired the following poll. Please feel free to discuss in the comments. :-)

Poll #1370411 parking at the grocery store

When at the grocery store, which of the following factors do you consider while deciding where to park?

Proximity to the cart return
0(0.0%)
Proximity to the entrance to the parking lot
0(0.0%)
Proximity to the exit of the parking lot
0(0.0%)
Proximity to the entrance to the store
3(13.0%)
Proximity to cars that you wouldn't want to hit you
0(0.0%)
Something else I will tell you in the comments
4(17.4%)

Which of the following is the most IMPORTANT factor?

Proximity to the cart return
3(13.0%)
Proximity to the entrance to the parking lot
0(0.0%)
Proximity to the exit of the parking lot
0(0.0%)
Proximity to the entrance to the store
9(39.1%)
Proximity to cars that you wouldn't want to hit you
3(13.0%)
Something else I will tell you in the comments
8(34.8%)

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sillyliss
Mar. 23rd, 2009 02:20 pm (UTC)
Actually, proximity to the exit of the store is most important to me if the exit is different than the entrance.
tenthz
Mar. 23rd, 2009 02:27 pm (UTC)
Oooh, true! I should have thought of that option, but the only stores by me that really have dedicated "entrance" and "exits" that are seperate are Home Depot-type stores.
mountainheather
Mar. 23rd, 2009 02:22 pm (UTC)
I'm a 'first spot I see' person. As long as it isn't two miles from the entrance, I go for the first spot open that doesn't look like it will be a mad dash. If it's busy, and there's a spot near the front and I'm still pretty far away, I won't even try, because inevitably someone will beat me!

I like to say I'm a much lazier driver/parker than I am a lazy walker. I'd rather park right away and walk than drive around and around and around losing time so I don't have to walk. :)
tenthz
Mar. 23rd, 2009 02:28 pm (UTC)
What if the open spot is next to the cart return? Would you park there?
mountainheather
Mar. 23rd, 2009 05:08 pm (UTC)
These days, yeah probably. If I had a newer car, probably not. The first lot that comes to mind for me is my grocery store, and strangely enough, there is no carriage coral. I have been known to nose carriages out of my spot with my bumper when I pull into it. :-p
tenthz
Mar. 23rd, 2009 02:27 pm (UTC)
Basically, I try to park near a cart return, but not within a 2 space radius (to save myself from the run-away carts). I like to part near the entrance/exit that I am going to use (I usually use the one that is closes to the self-scan checkout stations if I can remember which side they are on at any given store. I also consider which way I am going to go when leaving to decide which side of an aisle of cars that I am going to park on. Of course, all of this thought process doesn't take that long, but when I realized that I did it twice yesterday, it made me wonder if anyone else did the same thing! :-P
mountainheather
Mar. 23rd, 2009 05:12 pm (UTC)
Wow, I think that much thought processing would hurt my brain. :-p

Now I want to make a poll about cart vs. carriage also.
tenthz
Mar. 23rd, 2009 06:01 pm (UTC)
Carriage is weird.
mountainheather
Mar. 23rd, 2009 06:17 pm (UTC)
No, cart is weird. Two syllables are always better than one.
thwack
Mar. 29th, 2009 02:45 pm (UTC)
I have the same sort of thought process. I realized this lately because our new Wegmans has a configuration that has forced me to update that thought process... Quite often, there will be several spots open closest to the entrance/exit (but not handicapped; those are directly opposite the two entrances/exits, whereas the spots I'm talking about are in the one aisle that is between). If I park in one of those spots, it's actually shorter to take my empty cart back into the store than to one of the returns, which are 15 spots out into the parking lot.

Before we started going to our new Wegmans, I would have answered that "Proximity to the cart return" was the most important factor, but now my answer is "Proximity to the entrance to the store"... because it is both the entrance AND a possible cart return. :)
elyse
Mar. 23rd, 2009 02:28 pm (UTC)
I'm lazy - I always park as close to the store as possible. Jersey people usually aren't too bad in parking lots, but sometimes I will leave nasty post-its on people's cars if they're parked like an asshole that states exactly that.
tenthz
Mar. 23rd, 2009 02:28 pm (UTC)
Wow, so you keep post-its in your car? That's hilarious.
elyse
Mar. 23rd, 2009 02:41 pm (UTC)
In my purse, actually! I find it a lot less destructive than keying (which I used to do, but then I realized how much of a jerk *I* was being) and I can be much more verbal with post-its than my keys ;)
malaria
Mar. 23rd, 2009 05:32 pm (UTC)
Umm, wow, you used to key people's cars if they were parked badly? o_O
elyse
Mar. 23rd, 2009 05:33 pm (UTC)
It only happened once - the guy was parked so close to me that I had to climb in through the passenger side door, and that really set me on edge. I had to resist the urge quite a few times...but I promise I'm not that bad. :X
malaria
Mar. 23rd, 2009 05:43 pm (UTC)
I was about to say, that's pretty hardcore :) I would have gotten pissed off at that guy, too. I've never done anything to anyone's car before, but I've definitely been sorely tempted a few times.
istytehcrawk
Mar. 23rd, 2009 02:59 pm (UTC)
I need to start doing this. The other day when I was at Dollar General, there was a white pickup that managed to park across THREE spaces (the block only has 10, and they're in high demand) and stay there ALL DAY. If they'd been loading furniture or something I would understand, but it was empty and didn't move at all (DG is on main street, so I drive past it a zillion times a day). I was highly annoyed, but I bet customers were even more annoyed.
xoder
Mar. 23rd, 2009 02:45 pm (UTC)
I take a spot. Generally, when I'm fool enough to get a car to go shopping with, there's only one or two spots in the lot. I grab one. Usually the second I see, as it's slightly closer to the store.
anterastilis
Mar. 23rd, 2009 02:49 pm (UTC)
I intentionally park towards the back of the lot (further away from the store). I do this at most stores/restaurants/events/whatever. I figure I'm a strong, ablebodied individual who could probably use the walk.

I do, however, park far away but close to a cart return. I think I'd feel kind of silly hiking through the lot with an empty cart.
kathy517
Mar. 23rd, 2009 02:53 pm (UTC)
I actually try to park in the row that seems like the middle from the entrance doors/exit doors..if I can. I dont worry about the cart returns, because they have a ton of them all over the parking lots.
istytehcrawk
Mar. 23rd, 2009 02:55 pm (UTC)
I like to park next to the cart return, simply because that means one side of my car is not likely to get hit.

Due to my own neuroses (and the fact that I once scratched another car and put a dent in my car while trying to park in a too-narrow space), I only park between two other cars if I am *SURE* the space/angle of entry is sufficient that I won't even come close to hitting another car. I will pass up a spot closer to the entrance to the building in order to get a spot with a car on only one side or in the middle of two empty spaces.
sarahk_xoxo
Mar. 23rd, 2009 03:59 pm (UTC)
I hate driving and I hate parking, so I go for the easiest to get into spot closest to the entrance of the store. If there's one closer that I feel is too skinny and difficult to get into I'll drive by it.

Sometimes I just automatically go to the back of the lot where there are a lot of open spaces if I don't feel like searching for a spot too.
collectonian
Mar. 23rd, 2009 04:27 pm (UTC)
I said "Proximity to the entrance to the store" but probably in the opposite way you meant, since I usually try to park further back to get in some walking. I only try to get closer in really bad weather or if I'm in a hurry.

For stores that have separate entrance/exits (*grumble*Stupid Lowes and Home Depot*grumble*) I park half way between :-P
malaria
Mar. 23rd, 2009 05:29 pm (UTC)
In the summertime here, proximity to shade becomes the most important factor. People will park allll the way at the back of the parking lot if it means they can be under a tree and have a slightly cooler car when they return.
xwickedqueenx
Mar. 23rd, 2009 05:33 pm (UTC)
Our grocery store is always insanely crowded. But it also has a side parking lot. Just one row where about 15 cards can park down the side of the store. It's amazing to me that everyone fights for a spot in the huge lot, but the side lot usually has half of the spaces empty. I always park there because a) it's the entrance I come in b) I can exit from there c) there is always a spot d) I don't have to worry about someone hitting my car e) it is a fairly short walk around to the front of the store. I don't get why more people don't use it, but I'm glad they don't! (PS, it's not an employee lot either, there are separate spaces for them). Also, there is a cart return in the middle of said 15 spots, even though I never use a cart.

Another weird thing about MN grocery stores is that you bag your own groceries. I kind of like it, but probably because I'm only one person. If I had a huge family I was shopping for, I'd probably not like it so much. But it's still weird.
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chinchillama
Mar. 24th, 2009 08:02 am (UTC)
I walk to the store because we don't have a car here so it's all the same to me ;)
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