Archive for April, 2010

The Wrong Trolley!

I don’t want to start off sounding like a grumpy old woman, but when my children were little, it was difficult to get a trolley of any description at the supermarket.  In fact Ididn’t often use one, having walked the mile to our nearest store pushing a pram and with a toddler in tow, a basket perched on top of the pushchair was the order of the day.

Now I notice, at our local Tesco’s, there are about 10 different kinds of trolleys to choose from.  As well as the traditional and original hand held basket, there are shallow trolleys; some for babies; some to accommodate two children; others for a baby and a toddler, another for holding a baby seat, some for disabled children and many more variations.  And of course, at some supermarkets, there are even miniature ones for children to push themselves (with all the associated issues that this brings!)  This is great, choice is a good thing isn’t it?  However, despite a notice with illustrations to tell people which is which, no-one ever seems to use the right one!  Still you can see children dumped in the main compartment of the deep trolleys, squashing the sausages and crushing the crisps, or people putting car seats directly into the shallow trolleys.  This isn’t just limited to those with children either, I have seen old ladies gaily pushing along the trolley that is designed to attach to wheelchairs and other people even using the device that is meant for storing the baskets at the checkout!

Perhaps there should be some kind of ‘trolley dolly’ at the entrance, advising people on which model would be most suitable for their requirements, possibly even finding the appropriate one for them? As long as they don’t give me the one with the wonky wheel that is!