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Don’t like Woolies? Steal their trolleys! (But don’t get caught)

By johnboy - 26 August 2010 30

trolley pile

Greens MLA Caroline Le Couteur is celebrating the passage of her bill (so it’s a law now) to tackle the urban scourge (or resource depending on how you swing) of shopping trolleys.

“The final legislation gives the Government the power to notify retailers that it will undertake a ‘trolley collection day’ in a particular area; if the Government then finds any trolleys in this area, it may fine the responsible retailers.”

“TAMS rangers also have the power to tell retailers to collect particular trolleys within 24 hours, or face a fine.”

“The legislation encourages retailers to prevent trolleys from leaving their premises in the first place by using coin locks or other containment systems.”

“It also addresses the issue of people taking trolleys. It allows authorities to require a person to return trolleys, or to issue fines,” Ms Le Couteur said.

On the other hand considering the ACT Government manages a brothel inspection every five years this might only give rise to supermarket trolley nazis.

A plus though is that coin locks effectively outsource coin collection to child labour, bringing the ACT more closely in line with our Asian neighbours.

What’s Your opinion?


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Don’t like Woolies? Steal their trolleys! (But don’t get caught)
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Tooks 9:47 am
26 Aug 10
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There might be an obvious reason that I’m missing, but why don’t Coles, Woolies etc, use the same trolley system as Aldi (coin locks)?

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Rollersk8r 9:50 am
26 Aug 10
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Tackling the big issues. And coin locks are so convenient…

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neanderthalsis 10:03 am
26 Aug 10
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I’m pondering what “other containment systems” would be.

A trolley curfew where all trolleys caught roaming the streets after dark will be shot on sight, trolley bounty hunters hunting rogue trolleys, anti trolley barricades around our suburban shops or maybe electronic pulse generators that electrocute the trolley pushers when they get a certain distance from the store.

This will put an end to the lucrative shopping trolley go-cart conversion industry and budget removals for university students as they move between inner urban share houses.

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PM 10:29 am
26 Aug 10
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$2 for what might be (I’ve no idea – at a guess) $60 of metal?

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John Moulis 10:30 am
26 Aug 10
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I worked as a trolley boy in 1992 at Tuggeranong Hyperdome and the Harris Farm fruit market (where The Good Guys and GoLo are now) had coin boxes on the handles of their trolleys. The system was abandoned because the boxes were preventing the trolleys being stacked properly and the public complained about them. Perhaps there have been advances in the past 20 years but whenever a levy has been applied in the past it has impacted on business and hampered trolley collection.

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Disposable 10:40 am
26 Aug 10
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neanderthalsis said :

I’m pondering what “other containment systems” would be.

In Sydney they have trolleys where the wheels lock up if they are taken more then 200 metres from the store. You can always tell the barrier as there will be several locked trolleys all lined up there.

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p1 11:10 am
26 Aug 10
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PM said :

$2 for what might be (I’ve no idea – at a guess) $60 of metal?

Not to mention the wheels. You ever looked at the cost of good wheels when building a billycart as a kid? Way cheaper to “find” some on a trolley…

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Pommy bastard 11:11 am
26 Aug 10
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Idiocy, punishing supermarkets for the actions of Bogan shoppers achieves, what exactly?

Who came up with this nonsense? Oh, ok, that lot…

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bd84 12:40 pm
26 Aug 10
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Pommy bastard said :

Idiocy, punishing supermarkets for the actions of Bogan shoppers achieves, what exactly?

Who came up with this nonsense? Oh, ok, that lot…

Couldn’t have said it better myself. Coin lock trolleys do not work, take a look around the City at all the Supabarn and Aldi trolleys abandoned complete with coin locks because of the lazy people who cannot be bothered carrying their 3 bags of groceries. They should be fining the people who take them $1100 for the theft of the trollies.

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vg 1:05 pm
26 Aug 10
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PM said :

$2 for what might be (I’ve no idea – at a guess) $60 of metal?

I know that in 1990 $140 per trolley was the quote I heard. Multiply that by 20 years worth of whatever

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colourful sydney rac 2:36 pm
26 Aug 10
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Pommy bastard said :

Idiocy, punishing supermarkets for the actions of Bogan shoppers achieves, what exactly?

Who came up with this nonsense? Oh, ok, that lot…

Part of the problem is that supermarkets are very slack at picking up dumped trolleys. Ring one some time, tell them a trolley has been dumped on your street – be prepared to be told that if you do not have the exact gps coordiantes they won’t pick it up.

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cranky 3:41 pm
26 Aug 10
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So trolleys rampant make the place look untidy. But Govco can make a buck by fining the supermarkets.

Pity they can’t weed the bloody Commonwealth Avenue Bridge.

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damien haas 4:02 pm
26 Aug 10
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Hello Mr Coles, 35° 14? 0? S, 149° 4? 0? E

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bobbatty 5:27 pm
26 Aug 10
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It’s interesting that we have a problem with trolley misadventure. It may be a stretch, but it may be a consequence of poor public transport. If’s it’s quicker or easier to push a trolley rather than do a circuit to the ‘G’ and back on the buses than that’s what people do.

The best idea is to return to boys and girls who carry your shopping to your car or to the bus for you. That way you don’t need to have trolleys leaveing the store!!

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Captain RAAF 7:06 pm
26 Aug 10
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And the building of mega affordable-housing complexes within 1000m of major shopping centres won’t impact on the number of trolleys found abandoned in the streets and parks….anyone?….Bueller?

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