Sunday, January 11

Little Difference #2


Little Difference #2 - Grocery Carts

Here in Lux the grocery carts are chained together. In order to get one to use you must insert 50 cents to free the cart. When you are finished with the cart, return it to the cart stall, insert a "key" from the cart infront of yours and your 50 cents pops out. This seems to be consistent at all grocery stores although one requires a 1 euro deposit. Needless to say grocery carts are never left strewn all over the parking lot. I keep a coin in my coat pocket and one in my car. One grocery store gave me a cart token to use in place of a 50 cent coin. Hand held baskets are available without a deposit.


One more interesting note about grocery carts ~ If you're grocery shopping in a store that is located in a mall, it is perfectly common and acceptable to wheel your cart throughout the mall and into other stores. Picture shopping at Old Navy with a grocery cart full of your bags of groceries.

13 comments:

Astrid said...

I have been reading your blog for a while now, and it's so funny to see your view on those little differences, and everyday life. I live in Denmark, and my brother used to live in Luxembourg some years ago - he now lives in Amsterdam. Msny things in Denmark are the same as in Luxembourg, so I'm just really enjoying your views on them, and the tales of your life there. :)

Mama Llama said...

We have these carts at our grocery store in PA. I think they are a great idea.

sarahblackstock.com said...

The carts are done the same way here in The Netherlands too! I wish Texas (where I'm from) would start using them, because I'm a cart-returner & it seems that many, many people are not!

kellie said...

It's genius!! We have them here in NC, but only at one grocery store...Aldi, which originated in Europe. Go figure!! :) I think everyone should start using them!

I'm glad you are enjoying your time over there!! Everything you post reminds me of Germany. My parents lived there for 6 yrs and I spent a lot of time there during the summer and at Christmas time.

Gina said...

I'm enjoying these posts very much. Keep 'em coming.

Jenny said...

This is great Katy, it feels like we are right there with you..... these are the little details that make it feel real :)

Hautemama said...

Some stores in Canada have them too, not all though.

ModFarmgirl said...

This is cool! I used to work at a grocery store and this would have been so nice. One gets tired of chasing grocery carts across the parking lot and even across the road!

StoreyJohnsons in Sud Italia said...

Great series on the 'little differences'. I am sure you will continue to find them all the while you're in Luxembourg and traveling around. I know I still find myself say, 'Ahhhh, that's different' even after 2 1/2 years in southern Italy.

elizabeth said...

I WISH they would do that in the US! I hate having to navigate a parking lot always on the look out for loose carriages!

Jessica said...

My husband is from Ireland, I can remember the first time I went to the store and I discovered all the carts locked together, I could not belive it - I never carry cash so I had to go to an ATM, get money, break the bill - UGH!!! All for one stinkin' cart!

This Girl loves to Talk said...

yeah we wheel whatever trolleys (what we call carts in Australia) into whatever shops.. I found it really weird when I was in the states that so many people (old) told me that they don't go to malls... here in Australia the mall has grocerys, hardware, post office, paper copy stores etc etc.. all in the one place.. everyone goes to the mall

the money for the trolley thing is annoying if you dont have a coin (some places here do that but most don't)and I often dont have the right coin.. Aldi is one of the few shops that do it here

fifty/fifty said...

Our Walmart (TX) used to have those cart devices. It was only a quarter though. I guess people complained about the inconvenience because it didn't last long. I liked it. Much better than to come out of the store to find a cart rammed into the side of the car.

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