Trolley spotter wins $1000 award
COOLANGATTA trolley spotter Andrea Quinn became the Where's Wally of trolleys when she was awarded $1000 for her efforts by Woolworths Tweed Heads.
She had only started reporting the wayward trolleys to Trolley Tracker a few months ago and was surprised to hear she had won the monthly prize.
“I had only reported about three or four; I never actually expected to win,” she said.
She had got sick of seeing them lying around the parks and streets, and hearing about dozens of them being pulled out of the rivers every Clean Up Australia Day.
“It's just another form of pollution and it's wasteful,” Ms Quinn said.
Tweed Heads Woolworth store manager Ivan Gosper was proud to hand over the award, the first for their store.
“It's such an easy system to use with the Trolley Tracker number printed on all the handles,” he said
Mr Gosper said many of the missing trolleys turn up outside local apartment buildings where people have walked them home and left them there after unloading their groceries.
He said that even with a number of the stolen trolleys being found on a daily basis the losses were more than a minor inconvenience.
“We can find ourselves up to 40 or 50 trolleys short in a single day, and I have had to buy at least 100 new trolleys already this year,” he said.
With replacement costs setting stores back tens of thousands of dollars, Mr Gosper said the Woolworths stores have to look at new measures to stop the losses, including the possible implementation of a coin release system.
You can report lost trolley's from Woolworths, Big W, Dan Murphy's and Target stores online at www.trolleytracker.com.au or by calling the Freecall number, 1800 641497.