Homeless shopping trolleys

Posted by jerry on October 18th, 2006 — Posted in Journal

I was driving to work the other day and was struck by the lengths to which shopping carts go to escape the rat-race, ending up as homeless vagrants, wandering the streets and highways by day and sheltering under bridges or in culverts by night. Inspired by the Field Guide to Shopping Carts of North Eastern America I decided to document a couple from downunder.

The first is a Romeo and Juliet story of two young lovers – trolleys from different supermarkets, who have run away and are now living rough near the old Weston Creek forest in Canberra

shopping trolleys

The second is a lonelier tale of a trolley who’s lost and cant find their way back to the supermarket. This one sleeps rough under an overpass on the outskirts of Canberra city centre

shopping cart

Both would be classed as Type B1 – True Strays: Open True – a cart situated on a street or in a park or parking lot, outside of a two-block SOURCE radius. Thanks to MAKEZINE for pointing to the field guide
What is the most remote location you’ve seen a shopping cart?



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Comment by Susan

I enjoyed this little bit. Thanks!

The saddest one I ever saw was rusting away, one wheel missing, down an embankment in a forest. How it got so far, and on 3 “legs” is a mystery.

Posted on October 22, 2006 at 12:08 pm

Comment by Anya

*laughs* this is fabulous, whoever thought the romantic in me would be so moved by some rusty metal!!! 🙂

Posted on October 29, 2006 at 1:18 pm

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