You’ll read here that the author is worried that these things will break down often. Before any of that, they’ll be stolen. I’m waiting to see the first homeless person pushing a talking cart with a screen.
Even if that doesn’t happen, the whole thing will be a big flop. You really expect people to be neat and tidy and studious about obeying the subdivided sections of the cart? They’ll throw anything in any part of the cart, so the “healthy” section will get filled up with junk and trash food, the cart will congratulate you on buying healthy food, and you’ll get whatever rewards they think you should get.
How will the cart be able to tell that the person doing the shopping is going to be using food stamps? This whole project is to get food stampers to buy healthy food, right? What about the scant few of us remaining who actually pay cash for food? Can we avoid the nanny cart, or are they going to make us take one, too?
Being a St. Louisan, and also a once every few weeks patron of Soulard Market. They don’t have grocery carts, you either have to bring your own push-behind or push-ahead cart or radio flyer wagon or something, or carry what you buy. I know that most vendors there take food stamps, they display such notices proudly and prominently. So you’re telling me that all the healthy food you buy from there with food stamps won’t count toward your points or rewards or computer voiced “ataboy” or “atagirl” because there won’t be these smart carts there?