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The Water Cooler – Dogs In Shopping Carts At Grocery Stores – Yes Or No?


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Today’s question:

QUESTION: Should dogs be allowed in shopping carts at grocery stores? Yes, we know some babies are dirty, too, but this question is about dogs.

Talk about it….


Ricardoh January 17, 2023 - 12:27 PM - 12:27 PM

Doesn’t bother me. To tell the truth though I don’t recall seeing one in a shopping cart. I have seen them being carried. Probably wouldn’t like to use a cart a dog has been in.

Roz January 17, 2023 - 12:42 PM - 12:42 PM

In a shopping cart at a Grocery store, …. kind of yucky.
It would be nicer to see the dogs, walking, carried, or in their own doggie stroller.

Hanne Jeppesen January 17, 2023 - 12:51 PM - 12:51 PM

I tend to agree with Ricardo, don’t remember seeing one in a shopping cart. Some stores have signs that forbid dogs unless they are service dogs, I believe. It use to be for only seeing eye dogs, but now people have therapy dogs, so I guess stores can’t discriminate. I have never had a dog (I’m a cat person) so never had to make that choice. At Macy’s dogs are allowed, although I notice in SunValley mall I see fewer dogs than I did when I worked at Macy’s in Palo Alto, Stanford Shopping Center, could be because Stanford is not a covered center. Not sure if dogs are allowed at SunValley Mall, haven’t noticed.

Cautiously Informed January 17, 2023 - 8:20 PM - 8:20 PM

It’s illegal to have dogs and other pets in food stores in California, unless they are service dogs. It’s a health and safety law.

Oh, please January 18, 2023 - 4:50 PM - 4:50 PM

But no one stops the entitled jerks.

Commonsensenor January 17, 2023 - 1:12 PM - 1:12 PM

Pets belong at home. Mask zombies do too.

Dawg January 17, 2023 - 1:22 PM - 1:22 PM

Dogs should not be allowed in grocery stores, PERIOD!
Not because they are dirty, because some people are allergic, and if a person is asthmatic, an animal can cause that person to have an asthma attack. If it’s a so-called “emotional support” animal, well then, if a person is such an emotional mess that they need an animal to help them feel better, then they need to be in a therapist’s office, not in a grocery store.
Seeing eye dogs, excepted.

Exit 12A January 17, 2023 - 1:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Heck no.
Keep Fido out of grocery stores.
If you cannot function without Fido at all times then maybe you stay out of the grocery store too. Several offer home delivery!!!

Martinezmike January 17, 2023 - 1:33 PM - 1:33 PM

Dogs in my shopping cart ; Millers

NoMoreFreeRide January 17, 2023 - 1:48 PM - 1:48 PM

No animals should be allowed into grocery stores with the exception of a service dog. Service dogs perform tasks for the person. The people who drag their dog everywhere need to understand that their dog will live without them while they go to the store. Having someone’s dirty butt dog in the same cart as my groceries is #1 illegal and if they are a service dog they certainly wouldn’t be in the cart! Leave you dog home for gods sake!

Rollo Tomasi January 17, 2023 - 2:04 PM - 2:04 PM

Honest question, because I don’t know and I can’t spare the time to research it. Do you have a reference to the code section that makes it illegal?

Chicken Little January 17, 2023 - 4:26 PM - 4:26 PM

Have a look at section 114259.5 of the California Health and Safety Code

Rollo Tomasi January 17, 2023 - 5:08 PM - 5:08 PM

That certainly seems to fit the bill.

Chicken Little January 17, 2023 - 1:49 PM - 1:49 PM

I love dogs more than anybody I know. But putting one in a shopping cart seems a bit unsanitary.

That said, I’ve never actually seen it done, either.

Gityup January 17, 2023 - 2:59 PM - 2:59 PM

I’ve never seen it, but I can imagine the situation where you took the dog with you, say to get gas, for example, and decided you really needed a gallon of milk on the way home. You didn’t want to leave them in the car, especially on a very hot day, or if they are a breed that seems to get stollen a lot. So, for a quick in-and-out run into the grocery store on a very rare occasion, I think a “carry in and around” might be okay. But, certainly not for a regular shopping trip. I pretty much think most smaller breeds do quite well being carried. They get a better idea of what’s going on at the human level, and I think they’d feel safer that way. However, I don’t think dogs in shopping carts, in general, is a very good idea.

Diane January 17, 2023 - 3:26 PM - 3:26 PM

Dogs are pets not children. Grocery stores should not allow pets in the store or in carts for sanitary reasons and the health and safety of their customers. And small dogs are often nippy. No dogs in grocery stores except working service dogs. If you just can’t be parted from your fur ball long enough to go buy some groceries, maybe you should stay home and order delivery. It’s getting ridiculous.

Gittyup January 17, 2023 - 8:29 PM - 8:29 PM

How about babies in diapers? Or, kids with their feet up in the child sear of the cart when they have just been walking around on the floor?

Chicken Little January 17, 2023 - 9:57 PM - 9:57 PM

That’s equally gross, IMO. I don’t ever put food in the part of the cart where the nasty baby butts go, and I hate when the baggers in the grocery store put it there.

WC January 17, 2023 - 4:21 PM - 4:21 PM

Sorry, I don’t want to use a grocery cart that’s had a dog putting his butt all over the place.

Gittyup January 17, 2023 - 8:24 PM - 8:24 PM

How ’bout a baby in a poopy-filled diaper … maybe leaking out the side …in that special little seat in the cart for babies in poopy-filled diapers leaking out the side?

Dawg January 17, 2023 - 4:30 PM - 4:30 PM

I just thought of one more reason to keep Fido out of the store, and shopping carts. Some dogs have worms crawling out of their butt.

domo January 17, 2023 - 4:50 PM - 4:50 PM

No dogs in grocery stores period ….. in shopping carts? how horribly unsanitary!

Oh, please January 17, 2023 - 4:57 PM - 4:57 PM

No dogs. No dogs ANYWHERE. It is absolutely INSANE that we have gotten to the point where people refuse to leave their nasty flea-ridden, allergy-producing, butt-wormed dogs at home at all. Our society has failed. People who bring dogs everywhere need to be dealt with, with extreme prejudice. I HAVE dogs (prefer cats, though) and I would NEVER shove them in anyone’s face like that. Dogs can STAY at home. Train them, crate them, and keep them at your home. Get over yourselves. The world does not revolve around you and your ill-tempered mutt (“oh, but he’s the sweetest!” right before they bite you and poop on your floor). Grow up, people.

PO'd January 17, 2023 - 5:12 PM - 5:12 PM

No dogs unless a SERVICE dog. There many reasons for not having them there, most of which are outlined above. Diseases, filth, parasites, non vaccinations, dangerous dogs, dogs relieving themselves.
Bottom line-the concept of an emotional support animal simply shouldn’t apply to a public place that involves
food. Period. Should be a health dept. issue.
Any other reasons put forth to claim that support from the animal is necessary, is total BS.

The Fearless Spectator January 17, 2023 - 6:22 PM - 6:22 PM

I’m not a fan of it. However I cringe when I see some moron tie their dog up in front of a store. People steal dogs and sometime for very bad reasons. A while back I foiled a dog theft in front of Ace Hardware in Pleasant Hill. I waited until the owner came out so I could be sure the dog would be safe, and that the owner be made aware of what almost happened. He basically stood there with his phone in one hand and his **** in the other and really didn’t comprehend what almost happened. I sure feel sorry for that dog as it drew the short straw for an owner.

The Wizard January 18, 2023 - 9:10 AM - 9:10 AM

Judging by you observation of the owner, the dog could have benefited from a new owner.

Original G January 18, 2023 - 6:07 PM - 6:07 PM

Can only hope he was smart enough to never have kids.

Dr. Jellyfinger January 17, 2023 - 6:26 PM - 6:26 PM

In some countries there is dog in the shopping cart, usually wrapped in butcher paper.

Oh, please January 18, 2023 - 4:52 PM - 4:52 PM

Changing dogs’ status from pet to food source would actually be the best thing ever. Too many dogs and too many morons that own them.

Orifinal G January 17, 2023 - 8:31 PM - 8:31 PM

Next person straps their toddler into cart’s seat and first thing kid does is grab cart’s handle.
Next thing ya know parent is handing kid samples . . . . .

ConcordRez January 18, 2023 - 4:00 PM - 4:00 PM

It’s disgusting! When we put kids in the seats of the carts, their bodies are covered. People put dogs’ filthy fannies where we are supposed to put our food.

The Fearless Spectstor January 18, 2023 - 9:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Kids can be pretty grubby also in a giant petrie dish sort of way. Perhaps it’s best not to put anything you care about (kids and pets notwithstanding) in the upper part of the basket.

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