Teaching your child not to run in a parking lot

I have seen this as a reason many people will spank their child, if they run in a parking lot. I am just curious, at what age do you feel that a child understands that they cannot run in a parking lot? I agree with a four year old getting in trouble (spanking, time out, whatever) for running around in a parking lot, but much younger than that I think it's more the parents responsibility to either have the child in a stroller, shopping cart or holding their hand.

Agree? Disagree?

    Ever Lopez
    I always get a shopping cart before getting my kids out off the car!
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