Recruiter’s Zeitgeist – A Trolly Problem

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Are you a good person? It’s hard to tell right? I mean good is a subjective concept – it’s definition varies from person to person, dictated by your background and beliefs, right?


This week the internet has determined the definitive test of someone’s moral character. You’ve probably heard of the trolley problem, the ethical dilemma where an out of control tram is heading straight towards five people, you can pull a lever and switch it to another track but on that track is a single person.

So do you pull the lever? 

Who cares. The real question is do you return your shopping trolley?

The shopping trolley theory has blown up on twitter reaching 682k likes and 183k retweets. Don’t worry if you’ve missed it, I’ll explain: 

“The shopping cart is the ultimate litmus test for whether a person is capable of self-governing. To return the shopping cart is an easy, convenient task and one which we all recognise is the correct, appropriate thing to do.

“To return a shopping cart is objectively right. There are no situations other than dire emergencies in which a person is not able to return their cart.

“Simultaneously, it is not illegal to abandon your shopping cart. Therefore the shopping cart presents itself as the apex example of whether a person will do what is right without being forced to do it.

“No one will punish you for not returning the shopping cart, no one will fine you or kill you for not returning the shopping cart, you gain nothing for returning the shopping cart.

“You must return the shopping cart out of the goodness of your own heart. You must return the shopping cart because it is the right thing to do. Because it is correct.

“A person who is unable to do this is no better than an animal, an absolute savage who can only be made to do what is right by threatening them with law and the force that stands behind it.

“The shopping cart is what determines whether a person is a good or bad member of society.”

Philosophy is over. Ethics is finished. Humanity is complete.

Everybody go home. Oh wait, we’re already at home.

Personally, I always return my trolley. 

Because my mother conditioned me to do so by letting me keep the pounds.

TT’s top story

Edtech startup Tech Will Save Us have raised $500k in a crowdfunding round. Their platform provides a combination of online and offline learning, which seems like the kind of thing that people have been getting pretty interested in recently…

 Have you heard?

I don’t know if you’ve noticed but the world isn’t very uplifting right now.

So here’s some good news for a change.

Been getting any good deals on ASOS recently?

Well this Italian woman has you beat. She just won a €1m Picasso painting from a €100 raffle ticket, and she didn’t even buy the raffle ticket, it was a Christmas present from her son. Her son says their spirits have been lifted following a ‘pretty awful period’ in lockdown. The money from the raffle also went towards providing water for villagers in Madagascar and Cameroon.

It feels like this pandemic has been going on forever.

But at least we haven’t waited 32 years for it to be over. That’s how long these parents waited to be reunited with their son. Mao Yin was abducted when he was two years old. For 32 years his parents never stopped searching for him. His mum gave up her job so she could dedicate all her time to searching for him and even helped reunite 29 other children with their families. Mao Yin was adopted by another family but is now determined to make up for lost time with his parents.

An app for that

Sanvello: Lockdown is stressful. Sanvello is an app that helps with stress, anxiety, and depression. It offers meditations, guided journeys, daily habit and mood tracking, goal setting, peer support and more. Even better, it’s offering free premium services for the duration of the pandemic.

Lost Stock: So this isn’t actually an app but I’m Ietting that slide seeing as it provides the opportunity to get new stuff and do a good deed. Many retailers have cancelled their orders due to coronavirus, leaving the stock abandoned and the workers unpaid. You can buy a box of discounted clothes for £35 and support a garment worker’s family for a week.

Word of the week



Infinite or unending time.

‘The recruiter felt like they had been stuck in lockdown for eternity.’

Dog of the week

Molly is a 12 year old English Springer Spaniel. Throws tantrums when she doesn’t get what she wants quickly enough, including throwing around whatever she can reach and pulling your blanket off you.


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