SHOPPING OUTRAGE: Rebecca Jones with sons Luca and Elliot.
SHOPPING OUTRAGE: Rebecca Jones with sons Luca and Elliot. Megan Lewis

Coles' kids trolleys reduced from 60 to 5

REBECCA Jones is pushed off that selfish souvenir hunters have thieved 55 kid-sized shopping trolleys from Coles.

The Rockhampton mum was frustrated to learn last week that the supermarket, located in the refurbished wing of Stockland, had been the victim of thoughtless hooligans.

When the food store re-opened in August it introduced 60 cute, kid-sized shopping trolleys.

It took only a few weeks for that number to dwindle and now only five kids' trolleys are left.

Ms Jones said the novelty trolleys were a hit and made shopping with her three-year-old son Luca a breeze.

“For us it turned grocery shopping from an occasion much dreaded to an outing my three-year-old enjoys and can participate in equally,” Ms Jones said.

“Unfortunately in the six weeks or so they have been open all the children's trolleys have been stolen. Each week I noticed that there were less and less and now there are none left.”

Coles isn't the first place in Rockhampton to fall victim to souvenir hunters.

In the past the famous bull statues that are dotted across the city have been the casualty of people collecting fake bull testicles.

In 2002 three teenagers stole a $5000 jumping castle, decorated with Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny cartoons, from Juds Park following a football carnival.

They kept the 3.5m castle partly inflated in the lounge room of a Frenchville home, just a few minutes from the park. The teens were charged with theft.

A spokesperson for Coles supermarket confirmed the kid-sized trolley count had been reduced from 60 to about five since the store re-opened.

The spokesperson said they were currently looking into how expensive it would be to replace the trolleys.

Ms Jones said she hoped the culprits behind the trolley snatching were revealed.

“I just wanted to thank all those thieves out there that have absolutely ruined this for everyone else,” Ms Jones said.

“I hope your friends dob you into Coles and they, in turn, take it upon themselves to prosecute each of you individually.”

STEALING SOUVENIRS

Kid-sized trolleys aren't the only things that have been souvenired in Rockhampton in the past. The list includes:

• The testicles from bull statues across the city

• A jumping castle

• Street signs

• Witches' hats

• Gnomes

• Garden lights


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