AIBU to think stealing a trolley to wheel your child home is not on?

(42 Posts)
SodaStreamy Sat 04-May-13 13:25:58

Just passed a couple, dad pushing baby in buggy, mum pushing toddler in a Sainsbury's trolley.

One bag of shopping that the dad is holding in his hand so it's not like the trolley is full of shopping and borrowing the trolley was the only way to get it home.

I think it's bugging me as they are relatively far away from shop and I doubt they'll return it. There is a spate of abandoned trollies by me (only sainsbury's ones, no £1 for trolley) and they are really bugging me but I maybe irrationally so?

Would you steal a trolley to transport your child home?

No-that's awful. The trolleys at some supermarkets stop if you wheel them over a certain point. Waitrose and Asda round here-the wheels stop.

SodaStreamy Sat 04-May-13 13:29:59

Yes Sparkling , and there is a wheel stop so they must have lifted it over or mechanism didn't work?

That's even worse. confused

HeySoulSister Sat 04-May-13 13:33:51

aahh bet the precious child didn't want to get indulgent parents took it. pathetic!!

Restorer Sat 04-May-13 13:57:47

Do the wheel stop things work? I've always thought it's just a sign to put people off, based on the fact that when I parked in the next door car park and then decided to walk shock to Tesco, I was able to wheel my trolley back to the car (and back again) perfectly easily.

SodaStreamy Sat 04-May-13 14:11:15

i think they do on the pavement bit. I frequently used to nearly go head first into the trolley when it jammed to a halt, although saying that it didn't work one time and we were nearly crossing the main road before realising we still had the trolley

Maybe there is a logic that carparks are ok coz no-one's going to shove a trolley in their boot?

HollyBerryBush Sat 04-May-13 14:24:05

how do you know they won't take it back next trip to the supermarket?

ParadiseChick Sat 04-May-13 14:27:04

Maybe they take it back and forwards each trip?

The flats I lived in as a student had a couple of communal trollies from the Tesco 5 minutes up the road.

LazyMonkeyButler Sat 04-May-13 14:30:18

No, I wouldn't do that either but maybe there was something you couldn't see - for example, maybe the child had hurt him/herself and was unable to walk.

Personally, I'd have got the bus or a taxi before pinching a trolley though.

SodaStreamy Sat 04-May-13 14:57:55

well HollyBerryBush, I suppose, and I was tempted to follow them, and see what they did with it because I'm getting hacked off with the amount of abandoned trollies

ParadiseChick , they had one bag of shopping so were not using the trolley for food and stuff just their toddler.......a second buggy would surely make more sense than keeping a shopping trolley to wheel your child back and forward to the supermarket?

DeWe Sat 04-May-13 15:01:16

I have a couple of times asked our local Sainsbury's if I can take a trolley home and return it later, for various reasons. They have never had a problem with it, and I've usually managed to return it within a couple of hours, always on the day.

UnChartered Sat 04-May-13 15:06:54

Is this the best or worst place to admit I once helped a friend get a supermarket trolley into a black cab we were pissed as she needed one to help her take deliveries into her business premises from the car park?

Thought so <quivers>

SodaStreamy Sat 04-May-13 15:21:55

DeWe i've done it too from B&Q once, not engaging brain and thinking two of us could carry home 7 tins of paint , and 10 rolls of wallpaper.

But would they really need to take the kid in a trolley?

loopylou6 Sat 04-May-13 15:21:59

Sorry, I just can't get myself worked up about this.

EduCated Sat 04-May-13 15:50:14

When I lived in my student house, there was an almighty crash outside my ground floor bedroom window. Went outside and someone had somehow managed to crash a trolley over our 3ft wall into our front yard.

BUT THEN I went out a couple of hours later and it had gone again confused

TheChaoGoesMu Sat 04-May-13 16:01:12

How do you know she wont take it back? I used to wheel my shopping home in a trolley, and then take it back afterwards.

VivaLeBeaver Sat 04-May-13 16:02:07

IME wheel stops don't work.

Disclaimer - I have never stolen a trolley.

SoleSource Sat 04-May-13 18:14:22

There might have been a very good reason.

D0oinMeCleanin Sat 04-May-13 18:19:10

We've taken trollies before, usually around x-mas time when we've been utterly unorganised and did our big shop only to find it will be three hours before we can get a taxi. Taking the trolley is often the only option if you can't drive/can't find/afford a taxi. DH We always return it at midnight the next day under the cover of darkness

complexnumber Sat 04-May-13 18:31:14

How much does each trolley cost?

AgnesBligg Sat 04-May-13 18:36:30

It makes me want to actually scream when I see people doing this. Somebody make them stop!

AgnesBligg Sat 04-May-13 18:37:46

£45 complex

beggar's belief.

andubelievedthat Sat 04-May-13 20:34:39

Rebels ,adult rebels training a little rebel ,in full view of the public , what is it all about /world coming too ? Sainsburys too !

SirChenjin Sat 04-May-13 20:40:06

I'm willing to bet that a)the child hadn't hurt himself and was perfectly able to walk and b)the trolley will not be returned but will instead be left on the street for someone else to sort out.

I bloody hate seeing this - drives me mad. Pay for a taxi/buy a shopper/carry it home like we used to do.

Sommink Sat 04-May-13 20:46:47

Loads of people where I used to live did this, there was a morrisons across the road, 2 minute walk but to drive round was about 10 (or people didnt have cars) so people walked out with trolleys a lot kept them to use next time but morrisons were really good, if you either rang or went in they sent people out round the area looking for trolleys that had been abandoned.

HullMum Sat 04-May-13 20:57:47

why would that be ok in your mind holly? confused

Floggingmolly Sat 04-May-13 23:24:59

If your child hurt himself at the supermarket; would your solution to his sudden inability to walk really be to push him home in a trolly? hmm

BeyonceCastle Sun 05-May-13 00:48:47

I have left a deposit and my driving license to borrow a trolley before.
Now admittedly mine was due to overshopping with no way of getting it home otherwise but you are guessing/surmising that they are going to abandon the trolley when that might not be the case.

PurpleSwift Sun 05-May-13 02:07:01

The wheel stop things do work. Me and my mam did a huge shop at tesco once so decided to get a taxi home. My mam went over to talk to a taxi driver, and then waved me over with the trolley. I started to approach the taxi and the wheels stopped! Cue some daggers from my mam because she thought i was being a V awkward teenager and didn't want to push the trolley. Humph.

But annnnyway, OP, that is ridiculous!

LittleMissLucy Sun 05-May-13 02:15:10

O lighten up, the trolley ride for the kid is clearly for FUN. Remember that, anyone?

And you've no proof this isn't a family who a) checked it was ok first and b) intend to return it later.

HullMum Sun 05-May-13 05:10:42

O lighten up, the trolley ride for the kid is clearly for FUN. Remember that, anyone?And you've no proof this isn't a family who a) checked it was ok first and b) intend to return it later.

one, taking things that do not belong to you may be fun, but it's also called stealing.

and two, I'd be surprised if Tescos were like yeah "it's fun so go ahead and steal it"

and three even if you intend to return it at some point, it is still stealing. If everyone did it there would be no trolleys when you needed one. You don't get the option of borrowing it.


LittleMissLucy Sun 05-May-13 06:44:44

hahahaha so funny -if everyone took a trolley.As if. grin

chrome100 Sun 05-May-13 06:48:32

It's a trolley. Who cares?

The supermarket chrome?

Kafri Sun 05-May-13 07:50:01

tgis thread made me think about an elderly lady I knew when my local supermarket got trolleys yiu pay a pound for.

well, she paid her pound for her trolley and did her shopping. then she took her shopping home in the trolley. it turned out that she thought she had bought the trolley! didn't realise she would get her pound back. grin

SirChenjin Sun 05-May-13 09:02:17

And you've no proof this isn't a family who a) checked it was ok first and b) intend to return it later

<eye roll emoticon> Yeah, course that's what happened LittleMissLucy. I mean, obviously I don't have proof an' all, but I'm willing to bet that that's the bollocks that it sounds.

HullMum Sun 05-May-13 13:55:55

suspecting little miss Lucy is actually 12

Of course YANBU -
trolleys are purely for wheeling drunken studant partners home..........

NOT that I ever did this shock

Big Lump would have done my back in.

LittleMissLucy Sun 05-May-13 21:13:03

I'm mid 40s but I do have the spirit of a naughty 12 yr old sometimes. Apols. blush

livinginwonderland Mon 06-May-13 14:32:04

we used to do this at university. sainsbury's was the nearest supermarket and it was about a thirty minute walk from our accomodation. bus was £3, taxi closer to £7. the shop let us take them because we always brought them back on the next trip, or another flat of students did.

MoominsYonisAreScary Mon 06-May-13 14:48:58

My dad was a manager of a small factory that made shopping trolleys, people nicking them kept the factory in business grin

But on a serious note maybe the child had hurt itself and they couldn't afford a taxi, maybe they were going to take it back.

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