Scooters are a useful provision for disabled customers or those who have been temporarily incapacitated due to illness or injury. But oftentimes, scooters are used and abused. Read on to learn more about how to exercise correct scooter etiquette in the supermarket.
How to Exercise Scooter Etiquette in the Supermarket: Other Customers
Although customers who use scooters are entitled to certain privileges that are not normally accorded to other customers such as extra assistance at the check out and help with unloading their groceries, that does not mean to say that they should disregard other customers in the supermarket while they are still shopping. While going up and down the aisles, scooter users should not ride right in front of other customers who are trying to decide what to put into their basket or trolley and prevent them from shopping. If they need to reach for an item, they should wait for a convenient opportunity to do so.
How to Exercise Scooter Etiquette in the Supermarket: Parking/ Returning Scooters
Supermarket employees understand that not all scooter users are physically able to return their scooter to the supermarket. Those who are able to do so should endeavour to return their scooter and plug it into the socket so that it can be charged in readiness for the next customer who needs to use the scooter. For scooter users who are unable to return their scooter, it would be considerate of scooter users to at least park their scooter in an easy to reach location once they have finished shopping and they are about to get into their vehicle. Parking the scooter beside, in front or behind other vehicles should be avoided, in case it impedes other vehicles trying to get in or out of the parking spot.
How to Exercise Scooter Etiquette in the Supermarket: Disposing of Rubbish
Scooters are intended to help disabled and incapacitated customers with shopping with ease. They should not be used to dispose of rubbish such as empty drinks cans or chocolate wrappers. But all too often, returned scooters are full of rubbish. Scooter users should make sure that the scooter is clean once it is returned, not full of litter.
It goes without saying that scooter users deserve to be shown due respect and consideration by other shoppers. But they should also do their part by being considerate of other shoppers and either parking or returning scooters once they have finished shopping. Scooter users should also make sure that they dispose of rubbish in thee proper receptacles, not inside scooters.