Woman calls target for uncomfortable shopping cart with anti-theft device

Anti-theft shopping carts at Target continue to disrupt customers’ shopping experiences.

In a December TikTok video, user Riley (@ririsimpson) shares her experience at the store, saying she has to carry $500 worth of groceries to her car because the carts have limited capacity.

“Why are places like Target stopping us from taking our $500 worth of stuff to our car?” says Riley in the clip. “Like I have to carry it all the way there somehow? I don’t even know where my car is.”

Riley then shows up getting her groceries from her shopping cart, then reports to viewers that she was able to get them all safely to her car. Her TikTok video has been viewed more than 130,000 times.


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Target did not respond to The Daily Dot’s request for comment. Other customers have experienced the same dilemma as Riley. A separate TikTok video showing a handful of customers unable to move their shopping carts a certain distance from a Target store in the parking lot has been viewed over 4 million times.

Target isn’t the only store implementing certain restrictions on its shopping carts. Grocery retailer Aldi, for example, charges customers a quarter for using a shopping cart. (Don’t worry, you’ll get the quarter back if you put the cart back in its proper place.) Other anti-theft mechanisms may include a pole that can be attached to a shopping cart to prevent it from leaving physical store locations .

Also, a theory has surfaced online that a person’s decision to return a car to its proper place or not is a test of moral character.

Some commenters on Riley’s video shared their experiences with shopping carts.

“I was a store manager at Walmart and I made 40 buggies disappear in two months,” one person said. “They were stolen and sold as scrap.”

Others quickly poked fun at the situation and presented Riley with an alternative method.

“Pick up the whole car like a laundry basket,” said one commenter.

The Daily Dot reached out to Riley via TikTok comment and Instagram direct message.


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*Initial publication: January 13, 2023 11:41 am CST

Allyson Waller

Allyson Waller is a freelance writer for the Daily Dot. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and has written for other publications such as the New York Times and the Miami Herald. Outside of the journalistic world, her joys include delving into book recommendations from TikTok, listening to pop culture podcasts, and playing with her dog, Theo.

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