The supermarket giant ASDA has confirmed that they will stop returning the pound coins that are inserted to unlock trolleys from October 2017.
A spokesperson has said that ‘falling sales’ have forced the US-owned retailer to make the ‘difficult decision.’
It is thought that the move will generate around £150m per year in new revenue.
Company spokesperson Chuck Upperton added: ‘Although it is regrettable that we have been forced to stop returning these coins, we still believe that it provides excellent value for money when comparing the fee to the cost of hiring a car or a van.’
‘Customers will get 30 minutes before the immobiliser kicks in.’
‘There will be a minor cost per store to employ fraud detection specialists to detect people inserting trolley tokens instead of cash.’
‘It will also form a new part of our ‘social responsibility’ policy as it will encourage more people to take baskets instead, providing an excellent cardiovascular workout and fighting obesity.’
‘This will be particularly useful in our Shoeburyness and Basildon stores.’
Regular ASDA shopper Shanice Phwatt said: ‘I support this idea as to be fair people have been freeloading their trolley rentals for long enough.’
‘Besides a long row of cash-loaded trolleys will be like some kind of Deal Or No Deal when I run home and get the bolt cutters.’
It’s been a troubling week for shoppers after the rival supermarket Waitrose removed all of their pound coin locks and installed £10 note hoppers instead.
Customers are then reimbursed with the equivalent amount in organic Peruvian quinoa.