I saw around 9 people get fined $1100 each, inside an hour, outside my local Woolworths today for taking the trolley outside of the store.
This is a migrant area so I don't know why Police are targeting it. The past few weeks they have been targeting jaywalking (with some stupid 20 meter rule, i.e. you walk outside the lines by 5 cm, and you'll be fined), but now they are targeting trolleys…
The one thing that jibbed me is that there is a system whereby there is someone paid in the community to pick up the trolleys. There is no auto-lock system for the trolleys.
The only exemption seems to be for parents who have children in their trolley and are taking it to their car. Otherwise the trolley must stay inside the store at all times…
NB: No I didn't get fined, but what happens to those who want to buy rice and take it home but don't have a car.
Bleh, I didn't expect this to go viral.
I just threw it out on ozbargain and didn't expect much of a conversation about it. In fact I don't really use the forum much at all…
The fine was actually $110 which people have already mentioned. The people were pushing the trolley from the shopping centre on one side of the road to the Woolworths on the other side.
i.e. If you parked at Woolworths and started shopping from the other centre and brought a non-Woolworths trolley from the other centre across to Woolworths then you were fined.
It was a bit controversial, but this definitely was happening.
No, it wasn't a shoplifting fine as I was standing there waiting for room at the restaurant next to it. If you pushed the trolley across the road without using the lights (happens almost all the time), that was another fine and a double whammy.
It was definitely a police officer and not a council ranger.