Crack down on trolley thefts

Crack down on trolley thefts

In recent weeks, the subject of missing trolleys has cropped up again because supermarkets are feeling the financial pinch ("Supermarkets still plagued by missing trolleys"; Oct 14).

I travel widely and have not seen such a problem in other countries. The bigger issue here is the shameful mentality of some shoppers in Singapore.

I have seen trolleys being abandoned in HDB estates, condominiums, construction sites and bus stops.

It is puzzling that leaving a supermarket without paying for an item is considered shoplifting, whereas wheeling away a more costly trolley is not treated as such. The authorities should treat this act as a crime.

Lim Kah Ho, Reader

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