Just One Quarter

13 Apr

On the Porch

Onisha Ellis

I think there is magic in the quarters used for the Aldi grocery store carts. I wouldn’t say there is enough magic to bring about world peace, but for brief seconds in time, people in the parking lot stop and smile at each other.

What brings about this spontaneous camaraderie?  The simple exchange of a quarter as the departing shopper offers their cart to someone heading into the store. Sometimes no quarter is exchanged as people decide to pay it forward. In the current climate of anger, I enjoy these simple moments of kindness inspired with just one quarter.

Photo credit OnMilwaukee.com


You might want to visit the blog Ten Reasons to Dig Aldi.

5 Responses to “Just One Quarter”

  1. victoriabenchley April 13, 2017 at 5:16 pm #

    I don’t understand the quarter swap. Does the store refund a quarter if you return the cart? Does it take a quarter to “rent” the cart? Even though I don’t get the principle behind the quarters, I love this little story of kindness! Thank you for sharing.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Onisha Ellis April 13, 2017 at 5:52 pm #

      I was so into writing the feeling I forgot that important little fact. You “rent” the cart for a quarter by inserting it into the cart, which unlocks it from a chain. When you return the cart and re-chain it, the quarter is returned.


  2. divoran09 April 13, 2017 at 3:53 pm #

    Graciousness is appreciated anywhere, but as you say, it can be rare. And there’s a poem. DiVoran

    Liked by 1 person

  3. itsrebekahlyn April 13, 2017 at 3:33 pm #

    I love being able to pass on my cart. It is a simple act of kindness that always makes people smile. We need more of those moments in our lives.

    Liked by 1 person

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