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Shopper slams Target anti-theft carts after being ‘forced to carry $500 worth of items to her car’ #Shopper #slams #Target #antitheft #carts #forced #carry #worth #items #car #englishheadline


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A TARGET patron has ripped the retail giant’s new anti-theft carts after she was allegedly forced to carry $500 worth of items to her vehicle.

The video shared on a woman’s TikTok account displays how Target‘s shopping cart appears to lock in place as the irate shopper is unable to move it pasted a certain point of the store’s property.

A Target shopper slammed the company's new anti-theft shopping cart after she was allegedly forced to carry her $500 worth of items to her vehicle

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A Target shopper slammed the company’s new anti-theft shopping cart after she was allegedly forced to carry her $500 worth of items to her vehicleCredit: TikTok/ririsimpson
The video shows the Target cart locked in place

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The video shows the Target cart locked in placeCredit: TikTok/ririsimpson
Retail stores like Target and Walmart have unveiled the new carts as part of their anti-theft measures

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Retail stores like Target and Walmart have unveiled the new carts as part of their anti-theft measuresCredit: Getty – Contributor

The unidentified woman grumbles at how she’s forced to carry her haul of items to her vehicle due to the cart’s apparent limited capabilities.

“Why are places like Target stopping us from taking our $500 worth of stuff to our car?” the woman says in the clip.

“Like I have to somehow carry it all the way over there? I don’t even know where my car is.”

The patron then records herself taking her groceries out of the cart and loading them on her arms and shoulder.

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The U.S. Sun has reached out to Target for comment.

The viral moment is an example of how anti-theft measures are leaving innocent shoppers frustrated.

Retail giants like Walmart and Target have used anti-theft shopping carts with rollercoaster-style wheels that are small but stay strong for 35,000 shopping trips.

However, customers have experienced the frustrating side of these carts – when the wheels lock suddenly while you are inches away from your car.

It can be confusing for shoppers to understand why their cart stopped so abruptly, but the actual technology within the cart’s wheels is simple.

There is a cable hidden underground at the perimeter of the store.

Once the cart reaches this perimeter, the cable wirelessly activates a motor in the wheel.

The anti-static wheel, which is made out of the same material as rollercoaster wheels to prevent shocks, contains this tiny motor – smaller than a matchbox.

The motor cranks a set of gears that push a set of teeth out that locks the wheel in place.

Depending on the technology, some stores have a wireless range of about 40 feet to prevent their shopping carts from being stolen.

The Food Marketing Institute estimates that 2million shopping carts are stolen each year, costing retailers upwards of $800million globally.



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