If people really think of their strollers like a vehicle - for hauling children and coats, bags, food, groceries, shopping bags, and the like, then why don't they park them outside like a car or a bike? When I drive to a store, I take my son out of his seat and we go in - without a huge collection of stuff. If I need to take a bag, I carry it. Although it would be more convenient for me, I have never considered driving my car or bike through the aisles of the grocery store to pick up a few items.
My mom remembers the line of prams outside the A&P when she was a kid in the 1950's. Of course, back then you left your kid in the stroller while you did your shopping. And don't tell me those giant prams are any smaller than the stroller I use right now, which is a large, expensive one. There was a brief period in stroller design history when strollers got small, but it turned out that small is not necessarily better when it comes to stroller designs.
I don't leave my stroller outside a store, because
- someone might steal it
- I want to keep an eye on the other shopping that's in the base
- then I'd have a free-roaming toddler in a store while I was trying to hold the baby, and would thus be unable to actually do any shopping
- Someone would complain about all the strollers littering the sidewalks
Strollers are made for walking around. People walk in stores. People includes women. Some women have children. Some of those children are in strollers. That's life.