This is one of those articles that has me saying “For goodness sake!” Article in the Brisbane Times online today.
Brisbane City Council announced “it would make it illegal to steal trolleys and would force supermarkets to introduce measures to stop them being taken from stores in an effort to reduce the number of trolleys being dumped around the city.”
Sounds simple, yes? Here’s what the Coles spokesman says:
“We have been concerned of late that the council has engaged their own trolley collectors and they have been very aggressive in collecting these stray trolleys,” Mr Cooper said. […]
“I mean, we have stories from our trolley collectors where they are pulling up next to trolleys ready to collect them and council contractors are whizzing in in front of them and taking them themselves.
“Now, we hardly think that is the best way to manage the issue where we have racing contractors trying to collect trolleys.”
I now have a vision of shopping trolley jail:
It costs about $150 to $160 to buy a new shopping trolley, compared to the $107 charged by Brisbane City Council to release impounded trolleys.
So far, no supermarket has bothered to collect any of the 4000 impounded trolleys.