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Old 11.07.2011, 15:13
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Shopping Carts and coins

Oh, god, how I hate having to insert coins into the shopping carts in order to use them! Some carts take only 1CHF, some take only 2CHF and some very special few will take either. But, seriously, I've managed to not have the right coin three times in the last week or two and so had to use a basket instead. I'm going to start hiding a 1 and 2 CHF coin in my pants but...*grumble* I don't get this system, and haven't no matter where in the EU I've been inconvenienced by it. Are they afraid you'll run off with the cart? I mean, will 1 or 2 CHF keep someone from stealing the cart? Especially in stores where the carts don't leave the inside of the store it seems...unnecessary.

Sorry, just had to rage about that as I had to get a bunch of heavy things today and was so annoyed by the stupid 2chf only slot that I wished for bolt cutters.
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Old 11.07.2011, 15:15
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Re: Shopping Carts and coins

Totally understandable, but I think they do it to make sure you put it back in the right place otherwise they would have to pay someone to go around the car park and local streets collecting their trolleys and that would cost money
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Old 11.07.2011, 15:25
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Re: Shopping Carts and coins

People do ride away with them. Even with coins in boonies people would shop and ride their shopping a few hundred meters to their village home.

There are key chains with little plastic thingie on hand for those carts, instead of the coin. Or, ban the little moneys jar at home, just carry it in your wallet and use them..
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Old 11.07.2011, 15:28
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Re: Shopping Carts and coins

Once in a while the stores passs out some freebie promotional items. I got a keychain from Coop once that had a little token the size of a 2 franc piece that fits in the carts. So now I carry that with me and am always prepared

There was an article in the 20minutes today about a place in Geneva that actuallly had all of their carts stolen and so they only have baskets now. They got tired of buying new ones...

http://www.20min.ch/news/kreuz_und_quer/story/20678500

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Old 11.07.2011, 15:35
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Re: Shopping Carts and coins

http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2011...t-trolley-raid

I read this last week. I can understand it happening in UK but I cant imagine a trolley being stolen for scrap metal in CH
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Old 11.07.2011, 15:55
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Oh, god, how I hate having to insert coins into the shopping carts in order to use them! Some carts take only 1CHF, some take only 2CHF and some very special few will take either. But, seriously, I've managed to not have the right coin three times in the last week or two and so had to use a basket instead. I'm going to start hiding a 1 and 2 CHF coin in my pants but...*grumble* I don't get this system, and haven't no matter where in the EU I've been inconvenienced by it. Are they afraid you'll run off with the cart? I mean, will 1 or 2 CHF keep someone from stealing the cart? Especially in stores where the carts don't leave the inside of the store it seems...unnecessary.

Sorry, just had to rage about that as I had to get a bunch of heavy things today and was so annoyed by the stupid 2chf only slot that I wished for bolt cutters.
American quarters seem to fit in all the carts--the good thing about them is that you don't accidentally spend them
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Re: Shopping Carts and coins

I also got a freebie key fob with a trolley disk attached. Never have to scramble around in my purse looking for a 1 or 2 franc piece.
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Re: Shopping Carts and coins

A lot of the bigger shops will give you a token to use if you ask at the service desk. I've collected several over the years from various places and keep them in my purse, car glove-box, etc. As they're usually plastic I don't risk spending them!

When my sons were younger they'd often take abandoned trollies back to the local Co-op or Migros and keep the coins as pocket money.

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Old 11.07.2011, 19:32
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American quarters seem to fit in all the carts--the good thing about them is that you don't accidentally spend them
I tried a 2 Euro coin that I had handy (sooooo close) but I will fish out a quarter tonight and see if that does the job! My arms thank you!
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Re: Shopping Carts and coins

Funny math/logic trivia: you only need 2 coins to take as many carts as you want. One coin lives in the "mother" cart, then the second coin gets retrieved repeatedly as your chain of stolen carts gets longer and longer. (No, I've never done this!)
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Funny math/logic trivia: you only need 2 coins to take as many carts as you want. One coin lives in the "mother" cart, then the second coin gets retrieved repeatedly as your chain of stolen carts gets longer and longer. (No, I've never done this!)
presumably, you can break the chain at the mother cart and simply take the rest in one go and so requires only 1 coin per chain.
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Umm, yeah, so the head of a key also works if you are out of American quarters. Photodocumentation above. Enjoy!
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Re: Shopping Carts and coins

I've used a 2 Euro coin 3or 4 times in the last couple of weeks in the 2 CHF slot - worked just fine, so now I just carry it with me. but it is a total hassle when you don't have any coinage with you.
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Oh, god, how I hate having to insert coins into the shopping carts in order to use them! Some carts take only 1CHF, some take only 2CHF and some very special few will take either. But, seriously, I've managed to not have the right coin three times in the last week or two and so had to use a basket instead. I'm going to start hiding a 1 and 2 CHF coin in my pants but...*grumble* I don't get this system, and haven't no matter where in the EU I've been inconvenienced by it. Are they afraid you'll run off with the cart? I mean, will 1 or 2 CHF keep someone from stealing the cart? Especially in stores where the carts don't leave the inside of the store it seems...unnecessary.

Sorry, just had to rage about that as I had to get a bunch of heavy things today and was so annoyed by the stupid 2chf only slot that I wished for bolt cutters.
I liked what they did on the East Coast if they didn't want you to run off with their cart....

.... they just put a fence (of sorts) around the outside of the store, so that you had to leave the cart there, go get your car and drive to the curb to load your groceries.

At first I found it a pain in the ass but then I never had to return a cart again and I came to like it.

Naturally that would never work in Europe and this non-SUV-driving society (seriously, people, you don't know what you're missing....)
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Re: Shopping Carts and coins

The only place I ever saw that in USA was at one of the Korean supermarkets.
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Re: Shopping Carts and coins

They were discussing (maybe have done it now) having those magnetic wheel locks on the shopping carts in some of the beachside stores in Daytona Beach as so many people would simply use them to cart their stuff back to their hotels / condos.

Thanks for the tip about the quarter, I've got a few bucks worth of quarters, easy enough to stick a few in jacket pockets and my various purses so that hopefully I'll "always" have one.

Meanwhile, when one of the newer Aldi locations opened up, they were handing out the keychains that have the tokens on them - and they don't fit in their own carts. The one I got from my m-i-l that I think is from COOP works fine though.
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Re: Shopping Carts and coins

Saw trollies near building appartment couple of times.
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Naturally that would never work in Europe and this non-SUV-driving society
Clearly, you've never been to Ticino.

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They were discussing (maybe have done it now) having those magnetic wheel locks on the shopping carts in some of the beachside stores in Daytona Beach as so many people would simply use them to cart their stuff back to their hotels / condos.

Love those things- keeps costs from "shrinkage" down. I once saw a bum go ass over teakettle when the lock engaged.
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You can pop the lock open with a few paper clips(I do it at Aldi occasionally...)
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