This “Shopping Cart Theory” Supposedly Determines Who Is A Good Person And Who Isn’t

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There is a theory called the “shopping cart theory” going around that is supposing that our moral character can be determined by whether we chose to return the shopping cart to its designated spot or not.

We promise we’re not trying to contribute to an existential crisis and make you question your own moral character, but many on Twitter are going back and forth defending their stance after a user named Jared put out the test and justified it with a character-defining theory. Here is the scenario in question, and the explanation of theory.

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The Initial Test

drawing of man between shopping cart and the cart slots



Above is the image circulating all over. The “shopping cart theory” proposes that an individual’s moral character can be determined by whether they choose to return a shopping cart to its designated spot after use or whether they simply leave it wherever is convenient.

Think back to the last time you were at the grocery store…Most stores have several designated spots across the parking lot but there are times when you’re parked just far away enough that you would have to go out of your way to bring it back…At that point do you leave it knowing someone working would come collect it eventually or do you take the extra steps to bring it back anyway?