Schlepping around a supermarket pushing a stroller with one hand while balancing an overflowing shopping basket in the other is not an easy job. Generally, using a shopping cart and a stroller at the same time is impossible (unless the store is near empty, populated only by child-sympathizers, the aisles are huge and you are graceful enough to simultaneously push and pull…)
I have been known to balance a couple of items on my diaper bag…or if I'm dealing with a watermelon or a gallon of water to stick it underneath my stroller–taking care to self-consciously announce to whomever is listening that I am stashing the items there just until checkout.
I have even forgotton to put an item or two stashed in a place other than my shopping basket on the conveyor belt until after I have swiped my credit card and had to get the eye-rolling clerk to ring up an additional bill.
Inconvenient and mortifying as all of this is, it's all part and parcel of grocery shopping in NYC with a stroller.
Upper East Side mom, Elissa Drassinower, was accused of shoplifting and banned from the UES Fairway Supermarket for LIFE for still having milk, Red Bull and beer underneath her stroller after she had paid for the rest of her (reportedly more expensive) items.
Did she do it on purpose or was it just a case of Mommy Brain?
I don't really know, but I will definitely be careful about choosing where to balance my items the next time I choose to shop at Fairway.