Hundreds of people have rushed to the defence of a trolley collector at a Woolworths store after a shopper shamed him for doing a slack job.
The customer took a photo of a handful of trolleys at the front of the store in Urangan, on Queensland’s Fraser Coast, and shared her unflattering opinion to Facebook on Saturday.
“Trolley boys on strike at Urangan Woolworths,” her post, shared just after 9.30am, read.
Rather than agree with the woman’s rude comment, more than 200 people criticised her for complaining, arguing that trolley collectors work “bloody hard”.
Many members of the community said there was just one man servicing the store, and he was seen collecting trolleys each day of the week, even in the searing heat.
“How sad. The fellow there works incredibly hard and is a true gent. Give him a smile and a nod as you walk past and his smile will light up the whole centre,” one person responded in a comment.
“The bloke does an amazing job and never stops smiling. A valued member of our community,” another said.
Someone claimed the trolley collector worked 12-hour days six days a week, starting at 9am each day.
The worker may not have had much of a chance to collect all of the trolleys by 9.30am Saturday morning given he had started just half an hour earlier, some people argued.
Many said shoppers should be more respectful and at least return their trolleys to the bays available in the car park.
“There are trolley bays everywhere and still some people can’t be bothered to use them,” one person wrote.
“Those guys work bloody hard. Maybe leave them alone and get your own trolley,” another said.
The woman who complained defended her stance, arguing the man should have done a better job with collecting trolleys on Friday evening.
“Obviously they didn’t work too hard yesterday afternoon for there to be no trolleys when Woolworths opened,” she replied.
Another suggested that if shoppers stopped leaving their trolleys all over the car park, the collector’s job would be far easier.
“Maybe if people bothered to put their trolleys back in the trolley bay instead of leaving them all over the car park the trolley guy mightn't have to spend so much time collecting them and could get the shop bays refilled more often/quicker,” she wrote.
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