Every grocery store I've been to asks if I'd like help to my car, and they also refuse tips (I've required such help recently after undergoing a shoulder surgery).
But usually I just order my groceries online, pick a time window, pull into a numbered parking spot at that time, and they wheel out and load up my car, and I drive off. It costs $5 and it's the best $5 I've ever spent. I have a large family so this truly saves me 2 hours of painful pushing a shopping cart every week. win!
I'm gathering other countries don't do that kind of service heh. I read recently that you have to put in a deposit for a shopping cart in some stores in lots of countries. I'm sure there's some future scenario in which that would conceivably happen in the US, but I'd personally stagger around the store juggling food before I messed with a cart deposit.
I guess you've never been to an Aldi then. It's a quarter to unlock a cart and you get it back when you return it. The only.place in the US I've had my groceries brought to my car is the military commissary. In 4 states no other place has offered.
I shop at Aldi sometimes and I don't mind paying the deposit and taking the trolley back because not having to have staff to run around collecting trolleys helps save cost which in turn helps them keep their prices low. But elsewhere, with one exception I know of, the trolleys are almost free, but that means they're left scattered about the place by people who won't take them to a trolley bay. I'm happy to wheel a trolley around because I like shopping in supermarkets. I like to have the choice, and to be able to read labels, and for that reason I don't use the online services that allow you to order in advance and just drive up and collect your stuff. What I object to is the checkouts you have to use yourself. They're not so bad if there is enough room for one trolley on each side of the the checkout console so you can put your bags of packed goods into the second one while you finish scanning the rest of your purchases that are still in the first, but our local IGA store has machines with only enough room for one trolley, so if you have a large load there's nowhere to put the bags of goods you've put through the machine and it's a struggle to pack, too. Luckily there are so many stubborn shoppers in our area who refuse to use the self-service checkouts that there is always one staff-attended checkout even if you have to wait a while for it.
I don't understand why a very pregnant Kate would someone with her to help her and put her shopping into her car herself, or why she'd even be going to the supermarket herself. "Purchasing groceries and general provisions for the house" were some of the duties William and Kate nominated when they advertised for a new butler/housekeeper/maid/cook/child-carer/dog-carer in 2015.
Exactly why this is so baffling. It also goes quite against the Cambs' modus operanti, those two are quite grand, esp Kate. Kate didn't even have money to pay for crisps a few years ago, because "like the queen she doesn't want to carry money".
Someone else pointed out before that K always has a pap call after her last official/ public engagement and before delivery, doing "sth normal", and a pap is on call and gets quite good and close pics, e.g. the pics of her playing with G before she gave birth to C.
And this is exactly that, nothing else but a staged pap walk along with a possible positive image turnout "they're like us! she does it herself! they're/ she is so environmentally conscious using reusable bags!"
I think nowhere in Europe is a cart free anymore. It is not about the deposit (I think all stores offer a plastic token to use instead of a coin) but about bringing back your cart in line after putting the groceries in your car. It goes also for DIY stores.
I don't understand why anyone would want to steal a shopping cart?
It's not about theft, no one steals them, also you don't have to use money, you can use plastic or metal chips/ coins.
It's about making sure that people wheel the trolleys back into the bay and not leave them on the parking lot.
Works superbly in Europe.
But for people who may steal them, the "fee" is so small, it's not going to stop anyone. Usually the people you see with a stolen trolley are homeless people, but even that is a rare sight and not really that prevalent or an issue.