|Our family grocery store at Christmas time...|
|You wouldn't see this in Australia!|
Well, in Australia “shopping trolleys” (as they are called here) run with all four wheels that turn side-to-side, turning this self-proclaimed “grocery cart expert” into a disaster behind the wheel! It’s one thing if you are “driving” it in a straight line, (anyone can do that!) But what happens when you want to turn down an aisle for your favorite cookies? Well, all four wheels turn leaving the “driver” with a basket catapulting down the aisle sideways…or as I like to put it…catawampus! (My Aussie husband swears this isn’t a real word and laughs at me every time I use it!) I’m telling you, steering a trolley with all four wheels turning is like attempting to safely steer your car out of a tail spin on ice…it’s almost impossible without a negative outcome!
Case in point…even though Australians have grown up with this tricky way of steering their trolleys; they still have trouble controlling them. In fact, I recently saw a report on the telly (Aussie for “television”) that explained how insurance claims are on the rise due to hit-and-run trolley accidents. Let’s face it. Trolleys are often very difficult to control. But I don’t want to blame Australians for their inability to steer their trolleys…anyone would have difficulty no matter where they grew up! The problem is the inherent flaw in their wheel design!
|My husband is such a show off!|
The worst place to push a trolley is outside in the parking lot where even minor slopes leave the white-knuckled shopper terrified! Their clenched hands desperately holding on to the handle in their feeble attempt to push their catawampus basket in a straight line hoping to avoid parked cars and children! There have been many parking lot conversions as shoppers eek out a short prayer under their breath toward heaven, “Oh God…ohhhhhh God…. Oh God! Nooooo!!!” Keep this in mind next time you decide to visit this great Land of Oz in your rental car. Just make sure to add additional insurance for parking lot disasters!
Mall Cop, will be fitted out with flashing lights in which to pull unsuspecting shoppers over asking them, “Do you have a permit to operate this trolley?” Finally…security officers will have something to do! ;-)
Well…it’s time to head out to the shops (Australian lingo for going to the grocery store.) Anyone care to join me? I’ll let you push the trolley!