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Shopping Trolley crackdown!

By johnboy 18 December 2013 37

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TAMS are once again wagging their bony fingers on the subject of shopping trolleys:

In the lead up to the busy Christmas period, 113 abandoned shopping trolleys have been collected in three separate blitzes in Tuggeranong, Gungahlin and Belconnen Michael Brice, Manager of Licensing and Compliance, City Services, said today.

The blitzes took place in Tuggeranong on Thursday 7 November, Gungahlin on Thursday 28 November and Belconnen on Monday 9 December with 11, 20 and 82 abandoned trolleys collected respectively. Another 10 trolleys were collected after removal notices were placed on abandoned trolleys.

“Prior to each collection day, retailers were given two days warning to advise them that trolleys located outside shopping precinct areas in parkland, open spaces, waterways or on playing fields will be impounded,” Mr Brice said.

“Leaving trolleys on the streets has a direct cost to retailers as there is a fee of $115.90 to retrieve a trolley that has been impounded.

“On top of regular collection days, TAMS also places shopping trolley removal notice stickers on abandoned trolleys that are reported by members of the public or identified during general patrols by city rangers.

Notice is given that Woden/Weston will get the trolley action on 19 December.

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AsparagusSyndrome 2:07 am 21 Dec 13

Deref said :

johnboy said :

You don’t think a $50 bounty might encourage theft?

Undoubtedly – which would be a great incentive for shops to prevent theft by any one of a number of methods.

I think a $50 bounty would ensure that all trolleys spend half their time being stolen and returned by our village entrepreneurs.

Deref 7:25 pm 20 Dec 13

johnboy said :

You don’t think a $50 bounty might encourage theft?

Undoubtedly – which would be a great incentive for shops to prevent theft by any one of a number of methods.

Deref 5:55 pm 20 Dec 13

I think the solution’s simple: identify each trolley with the name of the shop that owns it, and make the shops put a $50 bounty on each trolley returned.

Pork Hunt 3:18 pm 20 Dec 13

The dude in the hoodie looks like a POI…

zorro29 1:49 pm 20 Dec 13

#28 – well I have always had a soft spot for Ebenezer Scrooge (except for the turning a new leaf part). I love Santa-mas!

#29 – smoking….and maybe they have those gross earlobe-expanding things that make us all sick…

poetix 1:43 pm 20 Dec 13

Thumper said :

zorro29 said :

Thumper said :

What is society coming to? Rogue shopping trolleys wandering the night, terrorising old ladies and trampling on flower beds….

Not to mention hanging out at Maccas late at night listening to loud music…

And smoking cigarettes….

With their spraycans and tags.

DrKoresh 1:33 pm 20 Dec 13

gasman said :

A few years ago, a colleague was cycling to work, rounded a corner and hit an abandoned shopping trolley. She suffered a severe head injury that took years of surgery and rehabilitation.

Darn shame what can happen when you fly around a corner on a bicycle, isn’t it? If only it had been someone’s dog or kid, something softer for her to crash into.

And zorro, you seem to be under the false impression anyone here gives a shit what sights you find offensive.

Thumper 12:46 pm 20 Dec 13

zorro29 said :

Thumper said :

What is society coming to? Rogue shopping trolleys wandering the night, terrorising old ladies and trampling on flower beds….

Not to mention hanging out at Maccas late at night listening to loud music…

And smoking cigarettes….

Blen_Carmichael 11:56 am 20 Dec 13

zorro29 said :

Blen_Carmichael said :

zorro29 said :

Good point #1

As was mentioned elsewhere, at our local in Sydney, they have that electronic wheel that stops you at certain points from taking the trolley any further…At any rate, whatever it takes to get people to stop using them as their personal transporting devices/removalists.

You’ve never heard of this mob, have you?

http://www.hrc.act.gov.au/res/Response%20to%20CM%20Shopping%20Trolleys.pdf

What does that have to do with what I posted? At any rate, you’re under the false belief that I give a sh** about what/why people need the trolleys for – they’re an eyesore and it’s theft

Goodness me, you’re really imbibed with the spirit of the season, aren’t you?

zorro29 10:43 am 20 Dec 13

Thumper said :

What is society coming to? Rogue shopping trolleys wandering the night, terrorising old ladies and trampling on flower beds….

Not to mention hanging out at Maccas late at night listening to loud music…

Thumper 9:34 am 20 Dec 13

What is society coming to? Rogue shopping trolleys wandering the night, terrorising old ladies and trampling on flower beds….

zorro29 9:31 am 20 Dec 13

Blen_Carmichael said :

zorro29 said :

Good point #1

As was mentioned elsewhere, at our local in Sydney, they have that electronic wheel that stops you at certain points from taking the trolley any further…At any rate, whatever it takes to get people to stop using them as their personal transporting devices/removalists.

You’ve never heard of this mob, have you?

http://www.hrc.act.gov.au/res/Response%20to%20CM%20Shopping%20Trolleys.pdf

What does that have to do with what I posted? At any rate, you’re under the false belief that I give a sh** about what/why people need the trolleys for – they’re an eyesore and it’s theft

JC 7:23 am 20 Dec 13

Innovation said :

You’re kidding right? So 350 meters away in each instance (according to Google Maps)? Were the mechanisms damaged? How long have they been there fore? Do you know if the user intended to return the trolley the next time they go shopping? And how many is “some”? Even I might go and get them for 350 meters and a dollar or two per trolley.

You will be hard pressed to convince me that any pay per use trolleys are more than a very small percentage of errant trolleys.

No idea, just seen them there. The Florey Drive stop is a popular place for trolleys because the 313 bus does not go into Kippax. Have seen both Aldi and Woolworths pay trolleys (yes Woolwoths does it too in some places) in this location, but gather being so close to the shops and being a regular dumping ground the trolley collectors, must do the rounds so they never stay long.

As for the proportion of abandoned trolleys with pay mechanisms compared to those without, I would say I have seen very few with the mechanisms, that said those with the pay mechanism also make up a significantly smaller portion of the trolley population. As mentioned I doubt those that take trolleys for a walk really give a stuff about loosing $1 or $2.

gasman 6:41 am 20 Dec 13

maxblues said :

Because we have had these trolleys over 10 years and do not know of anyone offering a conversion service. What would you have us do with our old trolleys…dump them in a lake?. Two dollars is hardly a deterrent these days anyway when a trolley can be worth over $500. If you look at the photo accompanying the post you will see a dodgy character with hoodie and sunglasses who obviously is not amused at having his image recorded.

You might want to ask Aldi where they get theirs done. You don’t need a new trolley, just a little locking device attached to the handle. It looks like to would cost about $10 to fit. It would pay itself back very quickly.

A few years ago, a colleague was cycling to work, rounded a corner and hit an abandoned shopping trolley. She suffered a severe head injury that took years of surgery and rehabilitation.

Note to Woolworths/Coles/IGA: this was NOT an Aldi trolley. I have never seen an abandoned Aldi trolley. The $2 locking system does work.

If you shop at W/C/IGA, the cost of abandoned and vandalised shopping trolleys is factored into the price of the goods you buy.

Jpo 11:30 pm 19 Dec 13

Blen_Carmichael said :

zorro29 said :

Good point #1

As was mentioned elsewhere, at our local in Sydney, they have that electronic wheel that stops you at certain points from taking the trolley any further…At any rate, whatever it takes to get people to stop using them as their personal transporting devices/removalists.

You’ve never heard of this mob, have you?

http://www.hrc.act.gov.au/res/Response%20to%20CM%20Shopping%20Trolleys.pdf

Thanks for posting the link, a telling exposition on the law of human rights as it applies to shopping trolley litter.

Innovation 9:35 pm 19 Dec 13

JC said :

Innovation said :

OK so you’ve seen lots of errant ALDI trolleys have you? And I wasn’t suggesting that all offenders would bring the trolleys back. I was suggesting that someone seeing the trolley on their walk to the shops (eg, young kids) would bring the trolley along with them to make one or two bucks. Obviously it won’t fix the problem entirely and some mechanisms will get busted but the cost of repairing the mechanism surely would be less than the cost of collecting an impounded trolley.

Yep seen some just off Florey Drive in Macgregor near the first bus stop. At least though the ferals think to move them away from the road into the foot path laneway. I have also seen one recently near my old mums place on Catchpole Street in Macquarie.

You’re kidding right? So 350 meters away in each instance (according to Google Maps)? Were the mechanisms damaged? How long have they been there fore? Do you know if the user intended to return the trolley the next time they go shopping? And how many is “some”? Even I might go and get them for 350 meters and a dollar or two per trolley.

You will be hard pressed to convince me that any pay per use trolleys are more than a very small percentage of errant trolleys.

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