I understand why the locks on shopping trolleys have been introduced. I understand the benefits for shopper (with more trolleys available) and the environment (with fewer trolleys straying away from the supermarkets) but what I am unhappy about is the difficulty in returning trolleys across the major shopping centres.
Belconnen is a nightmare. After inserting your gold coin and using the trolley it seems to be extremely difficult to find a location to return the trolley and retrieve your coin. All the trolleys appear to be different sizes, so a Coles trolley can’t be linked to an Aldi or a Woolworths trolley, because, well, they don’t fit. Then, of course, there are the ‘smaller’ trolleys for Coles and Woolworths which also increase the permutations. Then add Dan Murphy’s, Kmart and Target.
Unless of course you are able to somehow link the trolleys, back to back… and then no one else can link up and get their coins back. Strange conglomerations of trolleys in bizarre locations abound! The trolley collectors also seem to have reduced in number so the trolleys are slower at being collected and unlocked in their crazy patterns.
This is not making me want to shop at Belconnen (or Woden or Tuggeranong or Gungahlin). Shopping centres, supermarkets and general retailers… are you listening?