I’ve found there is a huge difference between pulling your cart as close to the side of the aisle as possible if you have to stop for whatever reason and leaving it sitting in the middle of the aisle while you do so. If someone’s cart is pulled over, they can stand there all day if they want; I’ll go around. What I can’t stand are the people who randomly stop in the middle of what would be room for at least one (if not two) to pass, leaving no room for anyone. I don’t care if they’re reading labels, talking to a friend, or daydreaming, I’ll say, “Excuse me” politely twice (louder the second time), and if they’re still oblivious then I will make a production out of moving their cart to the side.
Costco I have never had a problem with people blocking the way that I can remember, but then I don’t go there all the time. The grocery store, on the other hand, regardless of which one, is full of people who apparently think they are the only ones on Earth. Which is why I am eternally grateful that for the most part the only time I can get there is after midnight on my way home from work. Late nights, the only thing you really have to dodge is pallets of items being stocked on shelves and the occasional drunk. I’ve also learned the floor waxing schedule, so I rarely get caught on a night when they’ve got several aisles at a time blocked off.
The fire lane thing I am technically guilty of…except it’s not me. Since I do go on my way home from work, 99.9% of the time I am in a taxi. They drop me off at the door and then pull forward to wait. I can’t control what they do. We do have a deal where if they get another run while I’m shopping they should take it and I’ll call them when I’m done, though, so sometimes they’re not there for long. And traffic can still get through as the fire lane is separate from the traffic lane, as well as they are there with the car running so if a fire truck did need access they could quickly get out of the way. It always feels weird to me to come out and get in a car parked there, though.
Are you serious about no children???? Do you think those people WANT to have to take their children shopping?? And god forbid someone can’t walk fast. Those with physical disabilities apparently don’t need to shop, either. I’d have been screwed the last two years if that was the rule, since I walked with crutches which I would then put in my cart and use the cart for support as I shopped.