TikToker’s clever solution to Woolworths trolley dilemma

·News Reporter
·2-min read

A nifty trolley hack has emerged online that could save shoppers a bit of hassle if they forget to bring coins on their groceries trip. 

The trick was shared on Saturday by TikTok user Blade Madison, who runs the account jeffflinstone4, and revealed a sneaky way Woolworths customers can get a trolley without using a coin or trolley key. 

Mr Madison, from Ballarat in Victoria, filmed himself at the trolley bay of an undisclosed Woolworths location where he approached a trolley that was chained to the one in front. 

Screenshots from TikTok video about trolley hack.
Blade Madison shared a cheeky way to get a Woolworths trolley without a coin or trolley key. Source: TikTok/jeffflinstone4

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

"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 viewers. 

The video was viewed more than 13,000 times in one day, and received 385 likes from shocked TikTok users. 

The key was inserted into where the coin would normally go. Source: TikTok
The key was inserted into where the coin would normally go. Source: TikTok/ jeffflinstone4

A separate account, homewithchloex, also recently shared how the hack worked with another supermarket trolley in Scotland. 

She showcased how by using a key that had a circular head, she could easily access a trolley. 

More than two million people saw her video, and thousands agreed the hack was helpful when they were caught out with no change. 

Hack used on Aldi trolleys last year

Last year, an Australian shopper boasted to Facebook about the exact same hack that she had used routinely when using Aldi shopping trolleys.

“This is an old hack of mine, if you ever find yourself without a gold coin or a token, look no further then a suitable key on your key ring, you’re welcome,” she wrote.

Aldi was seemingly unimpressed by the hack, and issued a public warning after it gained traction on social media. 

“We recommend that our shoppers continue using gold coins or an Aldi trolley token to unlock their trolleys. Other objects may become stuck or damaged,” an Aldi spokesperson said.

“Our trolley tokens can be purchased for 99c at the register. Even better, they double as key rings so you can be sure to never forget it.”

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