How are you supposed to return the shopping cart?

Sarah - posted on 02/04/2010 ( 36 moms have responded )




It's illegal to leave the baby in a car, so if I return the cart to the cart stall am I doing something illegal? I feel like ditching the cart next to my car.


Ambergifford8383 - posted on 08/28/2011




So I took my daughter shopping the other day and there were no spots left near the corral. So I after I loaded my groceries and daughter in the car I walked a few spaces away to return the cart. When I got back to the car some lady commented to me about leaving my chIld in the car. I laughed because I thought she was joking I had been hone maybe 30 seconds and then today CPS showed up and we are being investigated. I plan on speaking with the manager of the store and requesting and escort every time I go shopping or else I will leave the cart in the middle of the road and pray it hits the ladies car who reported me. Leaving a child in a car for 30 seconds I my opinion does not constitute neglect. But for everyone else who leaves their kids in the car be aware of nosy psychotic people who overreact and are clueless about circumstances that they observe.

Sharon - posted on 02/04/2010




lmao - geeze. I parked close to the cart stalls, from there I grabbed a cart on my way into the store and it was simple & easy to shove it back in as I left.

IF I had to park far away from an easily accesible cart stall, I pushed the cart to safe non roll away spot and left it there.

Just because I have a baby doesn't mean I can't be a little courteous. Frankly in AZ its to hot to lug a big heavy baby around the parking lot. They're squirmy, its hot, they're heavy, I'm tired after shopping....

Failing all other safe options I push the cart in front my truck - park it on the line and try to make sure it isn't going to roll away.

At the grocery store, you can get help out to your car.

Stifler's - posted on 08/28/2011




I put the groceries and handbag in the car, lock the car, walk my trolley to the bay and then carry baby back to the car and go.

Angila - posted on 02/04/2010




i agree!! ive sat in a parking lot many of times debating with myself over this same question...the end result is..i leave the cart next to my car.

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im with krista but if im by myself or not able to park close to the cart return then i just leave the cart by my car you gotta do what you gotta do an the way i look at it is they pay people to go around an gather all the carts up so im just giving them something to do

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Jane - posted on 08/28/2011




Tell the bagger or the cashier that you need assistance getting your stuff to the car. Then let the store staff member return the cart for you. Problem solved.

Jessie - posted on 02/09/2010




Ok, well I always park pretty close to one, but really as long as baby is safely in the car, just lock the doors and you can take the cart back. You won't be gone long and it's not like the baby doesn't sit there in his car seat while you drive so it won't be any more or less dangerous. Your not leaving him there for an hour, your taking a min. to return the cart.

Natasha - posted on 02/09/2010




No you are not illegal. In life you must weigh out your situiation. Leaving a baby or leaving a cart? The baby won't stay a baby long so it will come a time when you'll be able to return the cart. There will be either a worker or someone to come along and put the cart up. Trust me the store has already charged you for damaged carts, stolen carts and items, replacement and maintainece of everything at the store. You've been charged so use your money well.

Iridescent - posted on 02/09/2010




We have 3 toddlers. We always park next to a cart stall if it's available, even if it means a longer walk. If one isn't, we ditch the cart because I will not leave my kids in a vehicle in a crowded parking lot full of strangers.

Rosie - posted on 02/09/2010




i feel it's impractical to take your kids especially if you have 3 like me, back in the freezing weather while i put the cart back. i think they are safer in a locked car for a couple of moments than freezing. i always try to park next to the cart stalls, but if that can't happen, i still don't change what i do. if i only had 1 kid, it might be different, but with 3 it gets to be too much.

Gwen - posted on 02/09/2010




Ask someone walking into the store to take your cart back with them. It's worked for me every time!

Charlene - posted on 02/05/2010




I usually park as close as possible to the corral and then I take my daughter with me. When I am at Sobey's or Co-op they always ask if you need a hand out which I usually take since Sobey's doesn't have corrals at all, you need to take the cart back to the store. I never leave my cart in the parking lot because I know I would be mad if my car got dinged or scratched.

Isobel - posted on 02/05/2010




I think it's entirely ridiculous that it is illegal to leave your child safely strapped into a locked car for 30 seconds...but that's just me I guess.

Maggie - posted on 02/05/2010




another option is asking an associate to help you to your car. They will even help you put your bags in the car and then they take the cart. Most stores will do this with no problem.

Maggie - posted on 02/05/2010




park next to the cart return. If the weather is nice keep the baby in the cart while you return it then carry him back to the car. If the weather is no good you can put the baby in the car and take the cart back - I've left my kids in the car and walked the two feet to the cart return and they were fine. I did this even when they were very tiny. I always left the door open and made sure I had my keys before I walked away though.

If you leave the cart in the middle of the parking lot you can cause damage to other cars.

Jennifer - posted on 02/05/2010




in buffalo we have Aldi's and they have their carts next to the door nad u have to use a quarter to get on so i put my daughter in the car lock the doors and take it back to get my quarter back

Brandi - posted on 02/04/2010




I try to park NEXT to the cart corrals (double bonus--there is usually a cart in there already, so I don't have to carry my 2 kids to the door and when I get back, my kids/car are always in view so I can return my cart to the corral. HOWEVER, I have been known to leave the cart wherever I can park it if I couldn't find a place near the corral or the front of the store. I won't leave my kids alone if I am not seconds away from the vehicle. So sorry stockpeople at all stores, Maybe you should figure some way for moms who have their kids with them to get their carts somewhere without endangering their kids.

Cathy - posted on 02/04/2010




My kids are older, 11 yrs and 6 yrs, and I still park beside/infront of/behind a cart return.

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I solve this problem by always parking next to a return cart stall (or at least as close as possible). That way I am not walking away from the car but a few feet. And I always lock the doors even though it is only for a few seconds. The summer is the worst because it is so hot in the car and you want to get the AC going as quickly as possible.

Brett - posted on 02/04/2010




Safeway markets will escort you out and take the cart back to the store for you. Just ask for help out.

Krista - posted on 02/04/2010




If I'm by myself, I try to park as close to a cart corral as possible, put the baby in the car, close the door, lock the door, return the cart (looking back at the car every few seconds or so), and then go back to the car.

Jennifer - posted on 02/04/2010




you can leave the baby in the car for a few seconds, some states have a time limit, but no one will jail you for returning your cart. just make sure baby is secure and locked in before you walk away. or do what i do, always park next to a cart return. i have 2 ( soon to be 3) so i park next to the cart returns, grab a used cart, pull it up and load them right there, then put it back when im done :)
but seriously, no one will call the cops for the 10 seconds it takes to put the cart back.

Beth - posted on 02/04/2010




I have left the cart next to my car everytime since I have had a baby. There isn't any other real solution.

Sandi - posted on 02/04/2010




I'm guilty of leaving the trolley too unless it's a coin one. It's always cold and raining here I don't think there's any harm in strapping your little one into the carseat and taking the trolley back. The bays are usually well spaced so your car wont be out of view. What are mum's of twins supposed to do otherwise? Never leave the house unless they have a chaperone?

Even a supermum can't perfect the art of being in 2 places at once, give yourself a break :)

Jessica - posted on 02/04/2010




My son is almost 4 and I still park close to a cart return. I leave him in the cart and put my things in the car and he goes to the cart return with me

Kelly - posted on 02/04/2010




This is an age-old dilemma, isn't it? I am not opposed to ditching the cart if I absolutely had to park far from a stall. However, we have hilly parking lots and a lot of wind around here I guess, because I have several times chased run-away carts through parking lots to try to do a good deed and save the vehicles of others, so I can see why some people don't like this suggestion!

Missie - posted on 02/04/2010




I always try to park as close to the cart return as I can. That way I can load up the girls and just run the cart to the return and still see the car. If you are close enough to see the car I think it's okay to load them up and return the cart. Otherwise If you are really concerned about it, ask someone who is walking by if they would take the cart for you. Usually someone will:)

Chelsea - posted on 02/04/2010




i try to always park next to the cart stalls or if im across from one ill still put it away while the baby is in the car

Amanda - posted on 02/04/2010




All great suggestions other then the ones who say leave the cart near a car. Thats a brilliant idea until it is your cars paint job ruined because someone couldnt be bothered to put a cart away where it belongs.

I say take the baby with you, or try to shop with someone else when you need to use a cart, ie grocery shopping.

Rikki - posted on 02/04/2010




when im not with my other half id just leave the cart lol they have ppl who get payed to collect them so we mite as well make them work for there money lol if there is no place to leve it rain hail or shine just take buby with u :)

Heather - posted on 02/04/2010




I would park arounf the cart stalls , to get and return a cart easly. But If it wasnt close i would lock the doors and return it. But I always keep and eye on the car/van.

Deeann - posted on 02/04/2010




Well, What I do is park next to the cart stall so that you are not leaving your baby to return the cart.

Rachel - posted on 02/04/2010




Take baby with you, sit him in the backseat till you finish putting things in the car, then take him with you?

Donna - posted on 02/04/2010




Well you can leave the cart next to the car! or maybe put the shopping in the car and take the trolley back with bubs still in it then take him out and carry to the car. Although not such a good idea if its raining lol!!!!

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