Stomper pissed off to see abandoned supermarket trolley in Choa Chu Kang: 'We can do better'

Submitted by Stomper Raven

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There is something called the shopping cart theory.

It posits that if you are someone who returns the cart after use, you are a good person. If you do not, you are a bad person.

Going by this theory, whoever left the supermarket trolley beside the road at Choa Chu Kang Drive is a bad person.

Sharing photos of the abandoned cart, Stomper Raven said it happened on Feb 3 at 4.08pm.

"I spotted this shopping trolley left behind during my afternoon walk from Choa Chu Kang Road. I believe that it belongs to Giant Supermarket."

The nearest Giant Supermarket is in Sunshine Place at Choa Chu Kang Avenue 3, which is more than 1½km away.

"It really pissed me off and spoilt my day to see such irresponsible and selfish behaviour," said the Stomper.

"It won't hurt you to push the trolley back to where it belongs. Just take it as exercise.

"Like what the minister said, even the elderly are still very healthy and they are just exercising when collecting cardboard boxes and all.

"I believe we can do better."

Can we?

In January last year, a FairPrice spokesman told The Straits Times: "On average, the costs of repairing, replacing and retrieving unreturned trolleys is about $150,000 a year."

So widespread and perennial is the problem that the Municipal Services Office (MSO) has a "Spot Abandoned Trolleys" feature in its OneService app.

The MSO, which is under the Ministry of National Development, said that it received 6,559 reports of abandoned trolleys in 2021 through the app.