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Walmart switches to coin-operated shopping carts

Shoppers will need a loonie in order to unlock their shopping carts, mirroring requirements at other grocery stores in the city.
Walmart's Thunder Bay location has moved to coin-operated shopping carts. (Facebook)

THUNDER BAY -- Attention Walmart shoppers. 

The company's three Thunder Bay stores have unveiled new shopping carts, and you'll need a loonie to set them free. Following in the footsteps of other retail giants in the city, such as No Frills, Superstore and Safeway, Walmart customers will need to insert a $1 coin in a slot attached to the shopping cart handle in order to unlock the cart. 

"Don't forget to bring a loonie on your next visit to your Memorial Avenue Wal-Mart! Starting today, all of our shopping carts will requre the use of $1," reads a post on the Walmart Canada (Thunder Bay Central) Facebook page. 

Reaction on the company's local social media pages was mixed. 

"So I do my job as cashier, then I do my job of cart return. When does my shift if unloading trucks start?" wrote a user with the handle Jen Gar. 

Others were a little more supportive of the idea. 

"Yay, love this! Every store needs this," wrote a user named Harper Gibson. 

Others offered tips for anyone who forgets to bring a loonie along. 

"The back end of a key (works) too," wrote Ross Pentney. 

Metro locations in Thunder Bay do not require a coin to unlock a cart. 

In September 2021, city council passed new rules that requred stores to submit plans and pay for abandoned shopping cart recovery if they are collected by the city.  

Leith Dunick

About the Author: Leith Dunick

A proud Nova Scotian who has called Thunder Bay home since 2002, Leith is Dougall Media's director of news, but still likes to tell your stories too. Wants his Expos back and to see Neil Young at least one more time. Twitter: @LeithDunick
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