At my supermarket the trolley boy is pretty much there all the time waiting to take it and so I just give it to him or if he's not there I just leave it anyway as it's actually just on the walkway not in the carpark. It's not just me who does it either I've seen heaps of other people do it.
I have always put my kids back into the car and then unpacked the trolley and put it back in one of the bays in the carpark. If it's a hot day I leave the windows or the rear sliding door open, it usually only takes just a few seconds.
Not such a big deal now they are older, but I tend to still do the same thing - make sure DD3 has her harness done up so I know she can't wander off, unpack the trolley and then put it away.
When I had 2 smaller children this was the easiest and quickest option. I hate having a wiggly child in the seat of the trolley while unpacking it as they tend to roll more easily with the extra weight and movement in them and I'm always scared they are going to roll into the path of a car or dent/scratch my car or another car parked next to us.
The petrol station debate seems to come here quite regularly! I have always left my kids in the car while paying, never considered doing anything else until I joined BubHub and noticed it was one of those hot topics that always seem to get lots of heated posts!
Someone before said talk about a first world problem, I have to agree entirely, I cannot believe that some people are getting so upset about this. But if this is something that rates highly on the things that makes you upset, then I would say - Lucky you. Most people have rather more pressing things to deal with than wether people put trolleys back 100% of the time. As I said before, I've only not done it once or twice and I also dislike when they are left in the actual parking bays, but jeez - at the end of the day it really isn't that much of a big deal. Not like people with single babies taking the twin trolleys and putting their baby in one side and their bag in the other - now that is annoying!
Did you not read the part about the woman who was charged for going in to pay at the petrol station leaving her child in the car, she could see the car at all times. PP has said it was overturned in court - which is great. But how bleeding stressful, and I can't believe she was charged in the first place. So yes, police officers sometimes do charge people for ridiculous things. Not an excuse, fact.
She went in to a petrol station to buy crayons, left her son in the car. A man calls the police before coming to find her. She waited for police, police fined her. DOCS had to investigate as per procedure. DOCS found nothing wrong with what happened, police dropped the fine. It didn't go to court.
I havent read any replies but it looks like I should. Wow, who knew a trolley thread could get so heated. Ahhh Bubhub, again thanks for the entertainment.
To answer the OP, yep we put our trolley back. DP is one of those people that is quite insistent on it actually. I will admit, there have been times where I have left it up on the pavement, 'snagged' on a pole so it doesnt roll away...but only a handful of times. I have never left it in the parking lot because I worry it will roll and hit another car and Id feel bad if I found out that happened cos Id be sh!tty if that happened to my car.
But the officer still fined her, so the people who are laughing "as if a policer officer would do that", well actually - they have done it. It is a grey area - even for them, and at the end of the day they can choose to leave it or take it further at their discretion.
It depends on the shopping centre as well, I have heard people say that their are bays every 15 meters. There is one shopping centre here that doesn't have any on an entire level you have to go halfway up the other level to the bay. As I said before I hate when people leave cars in the parking bays, so annoying. But I'm not going to freak out about it. Seems fairly trivial in the scheme of things.
At my local shopping centers there are bays in every row, or every second row. I can't think of anywhere that has any less. It must be different for other states. I've never ever been in a car park an struggled to find one in the time that I have been driving (5 years).
I don't really get it when people don't put trolleys away, but it is a first world problem. I just don't understand how people are so afraid of walking their kids to put the trolley away but have no issue doing so to get to the actual shop in the first place. The risk isn't any different.
Last edited by Rarity; 03-03-2013 at 13:02.
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