Coles shopper unveils surprising trolley hack on TikTok

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A Coles shopper has shocked customers by sharing his surprising trolley hack on TikTok.

The TikTok user, who goes by @colourlessfluorite, made jaws drop when he revealed you can use a 10-cent coin to unlock the retail giant's trolleys, rather than a gold coin or trolley key.

“I always have nightmares about the time I left $2 in my trolley,” wrote the TikTok user.

The viral video, which is titled "2021 pay trolley money glitch", shows the TikTok user unlocking a chained trolley by inserting a 10-cent coin into the dedicated gold coin slot.

A Coles shopper inserts a 10 cent coin into a shopping trolley to unlock it. Source: TikTok/@colourlessfluorite
A Coles shopper has revealed a surprising shopping trolley hack. Source: TikTok/@colourlessfluorite

The TikTok video has since amassed almost 45,000 views from intrigued TikTok users.

Many people took to the comments to praise the trolley hack, with one commentator saying it was “life changing.”

Others took the opportunity to share some of their own shopping trolley hacks with the TikTok community.

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“I always use an old key,” wrote one person – with many TikTokers confirming that this works.

Meanwhile, other users suggested using the "pull tag on the end of a Spam tin” and the thick “end of a guitar pick” to unlock your trolley when you find yourself without coins.

TikToker’s 'brilliant' solution to Woolworths trolley dilemma

TikTok has become a treasure trove of nifty hacks for shoppers in recent times, with customers sharing their clever solutions to a range of problems.

Another recent trolley hack comes from a TikTok user, Blade Madison, who runs the account @jeffflinstone4.

He revealed a sneaky way that Woolworths customers can get a paid trolley without using a coin or trolley key, which involves using a household key.

By slotting the top of a regular household key into the coin hole, he was able to remove the chain lock and separate the trolley using just one hand.

Woolworths shopper uses a key to unlock supermarket shopping trolley
A Woolworths shopper has surprised customers with his shopping trolley hack on TikTok. Source: TikTok/@jeffflinstone4

"Got no money? That's OK. Take your key, insert your key, pull [the chain] out, pull your key out, and you have a trolley," he told his TikTok viewers.

The video has been viewed more than 107,000 times and received over 4,100 likes from impressed users who labelled the life hack “clever,” “cheeky” and “brilliant.”

However, not everyone was impressed by the shopping hack – with Woolworths issuing a warning to customers that they could damage their keys or the trolley locking mechanism.

“While trolley locks are not commonly used in Woolworths stores, we strongly encourage customers to only use coins in the trolley lock mechanism,” said a Woolworths spokesperson.

“There have been previous instances where customers’ goods or keys have become stuck in the lock, and they may also damage the lock.”

Cut time at the supermarket with this clever hack

If there was ever a time to cut down time spent at the supermarket it’s now.

With the recent Covid lockdown measures and “no browsing” rules being enforced across the country’s supermarkets, one man’s simple hack could now prove particularly useful.

In a video shared to TikTok, user @1980sgamer, shows how he saves time in the supermarket by filling his trolley with groceries directly after scanning them and taking them straight out to his car, where he transfers them to two laundry baskets.

Thus avoiding the time consuming process of bagging his purchases altogether.

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This means that while the other shoppers are busy bagging their groceries, this clever customer is already at his car loading his items into the boot.

The hack has since gone viral with the TikTok video attracting almost 15 million views.

“This is genius, I can’t believe I have never seen this before,” wrote one commentator, while others praised the shopper for “saving the planet” by not using plastic bags.

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