‘I had a small trolley full of marked down bakery, deli and butcher items, including 4 packets of heavily reduced chicken kiev. I left the trolley parked at the end of the aisle so I could run and grab some crackers (because is it really even life, without crackers for your cheese? But I digress...) - when I came back I only had 3 chicken kiev!
‘I mean, not the end of the world, I hadn't bought them yet so I didn't *own* them, but like, that's really weird behaviour, right?! Has anyone else experienced anything like this? Would you grab something from someone else's trolley?’
Ambrosia’s post lead to an onslaught of comments, with many debating whether the person who took the chicken was in the wrong.
Many said the other shopper in question was ‘rude’ and ‘disgraceful’ taking the meat from another person’s trolley, with one person saying: ‘I would never take something out of someone's else trolley. I am sorry that happened to you.’
Said another: ‘Your trolleys in supermarkets, especially with markdowns and your purse in it, is like children. Don’t take your eye off them 😂👌🏽’
But other Markdown Addict members suggested that maybe the other shopper didn’t realise the trolley belonged to someone else and that it may have been an innocent mistake.
Said one: ‘Normally unattended trolleys with stuff in them is usually the heavily discounted stuff so it's actually quite normal to happen.’
Added another: ‘If it was just parked at the end of an aisle with only markdown items in it it might have been a honest mistake?’
Said a third: ‘Our local Woolworths sometimes uses trolleys at the end of aisles to store markdowns (not meat though obviously). Someone may have had a brain fart and thought it was just a markdowns trolley sitting there not putting 2+2 together that meat shouldn’t be in there, haha.’
Said one more: ‘I work at a Coles store & they do put marked down items in a trolley for people to go through. If you’ve left your trolley sitting there with marked down items in it then people have assumed it’s there for them to help themselves.’
And while Ambrosia said she’d like to think that’s what happened, she’s not so sure.
‘It wasn’t just mark downs, it had other stuff as well like toiletries and some plastic bags of fruit and veg. Maybe someone vagued out listening to the easy listening 80s tunes and wasn’t thinking straight 😆’
Either way, other shoppers said this had happened to them before.
Said one: ‘I have seen people steal discounted meat from other peoples trolleys while they had their backs turned looking for more meat! I couldn’t believe it...’
Said another: ‘I bought prawns from Woolworths one Xmas eve. The queue was long. I left my trolley at the end of an aisle to grab some yoghurt, when I got back, my prawns were gone from the trolley. People don’t care.’
Added a third: ‘I’ve had someone looking in my trolley at the many markdowns I had having a browse. I stink eyed them and they then realised this was my stuff. Would never dream of taking something out of someone else’s trolley. And I can’t believe the people here saying it’s fair game!’
Moral of the story! Watch your trolley ... and your markdowns! To join the debate, make sure you head over to Markdown Addicts Australia - click here for more!