Park Next To The Shopping Trolleys If You Have Little Kids 

Park Next To The Shopping Trolleys If You Have Little Kids 
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Parents of young kids, you might know it as The Decision. After shopping for milk, string cheese and squeezy pouches with your little ones in tow, you walk back to your car and realise: Crap. What am I supposed to do with this shopping trolley?

Do I leave the kids in the car for 23 seconds (which is illegal, don’t get me started on that), or do I bring them with me to the return receptacle, only to have to lift them out of it and dangerously Frogger our way through a busy parking lot back to the vehicle? Or should I be the arsehole who recklessly leaves the trolley next to the car?

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A solution for next time: Park next to the shopping trolleys. You probably have a good chance of nabbing that spot as most other people don’t want their cars anywhere near the area, fearing dings by carts gone rogue. (As for your own car, it’s probably been through worse than that.)

If you can’t find a spot there, it’s inconvenient, but you should still do what you can to be an upstanding shopping-cart returning citizen, unless perhaps there’s a torrential downpour or something else that makes it exceedingly challenging. Flag an employee to help if you happen to see one. It’s good for kids to learn at an early age that we should always return things where they belong.


  • When we had 1 kid, we always took her out when we went to pay for petrol, now with 2 we only fill up when both of us are present or when the kids are not present (helps now we have a car that tells us how many Ks left in the tank).

    I wasn’t aware is was illegal for a few seconds (in victoria) whilst returning a trolley, typical nanny state over protection debateably causing more potential for harm than good (both in dragging kids across a parking lot and on the other side, people leaving trolleys anywhere i caught one that was left and suddenly decided to roll down into the path of oncoming traffic).

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