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7/12/2012 8:33:49 PM EST
|Shopping for a Quarter
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Shopping for a Quarter
Even though you may already be aware of this concept of "shopping for a quarter", I personally find it a very neat idea that seems to have been working quite well, at least from what I have seen in my neck of the woods.
Aldi's grocery stores, have been around for a few years and I find it really funny that other places haven't copied what they have done as far as keeping a handle on shopping carts in their parking lot.
At least in my area, I haven't noticed any copy cats, and I am not sure why.
Take Wal-Mart for example. They have to send their associates out to collect all the carts left in and around the parking lot. Those carts get rammed into cars causing dents and may also be left in the way of a parking space. Yes, Wal-Mart has "shopping cart corrals", I believe they are called, but they still have an issue with carts out and about.
Whereas, Aldi's with their system of having to insert a quarter to even be able to disconnect from other carts before you even go into the store, seems to be doing quite a nice job of keeping their parking lot clear of loose carts.
From what I have noticed, people will actually unload their groceries into their cars, then (unbelievable as it sometimes seems) will walk their carts back to the line of carts hooked together, to make sure they get back the quarter that they put in to get that cart.
Talk about what people will do to save a penny (or quarter in this case). And on top of that, this even gives them a little more exercise in the process.
Oh, and if you happen to be needing a cart when someone is in the process of returning one, they will be more than happy to give you theirs. As long as you give them a quarter for it.
They will make sure they stand right there and wait for you to fish in your purse, pocket etc. before they turn loose of that cart.
I am not complaining at all about this process of keeping carts together, and really do believe it is an awesome concept.
Of course, in these days and times, I, too, make sure to wait for my quarter. LOL
There may be other places that have switched over to a process like this, but I personally don't know of any and that just amazes me.
Either way, kudos to Aldi's for coming up with a way to keep order in their parking lots and keep people heathier along with teaching them how to put their "toys" (carts) up when they are done playing with them.
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|What a great idea. I grow tired of having to dodge carts in the parking lot. Even with the cart returns at Walmart, some people are too lazy to walk a few feet to stow the cart away.|
|Interesting Blog. Where we lived in Camden New Jersey they did that just so homeless people would stop stealing the carts. Then there are the people that would push their groceries home in them. I have seen carts go flying in the wind and smash into the side of a BMW. But I look at it as having people to collect the carts that it gives people work. It's funny how you wrote that no one is doing this because I have lived with quarter shopping for over 20 years. lol |