Shawn, who goes by the handle (@soulforgepodcast) on TikTok, posted a video showing a payment mechanism attached to a Walmart shopping cart. The video, which has nearly nine million views, claimed that starting on February 1st, Walmart would charge customers $1 to use the carts. Many shoppers expressed their frustration in the comments section of the video, with some saying they would start stuffing their pockets and others expressing their dislike for the retailer. However, it is important to note that Shawn is based in Canada, where it is common to see dollar coins, which may have contributed to some misunderstandings about the video.
“This isn’t new,” claimed one user. “Bigger urban cities have been doing this since 90’s.”
“Aldi has done it for years,” wrote a second user. “So now Walmart eliminates having to fetch their carts.”
According to Aldi, this policy actually saves customers money “because we don’t have to hire extra staff to collect grocery carts.”
“To unlock a cart, customers have to insert a quarter, and this deposit ensures shoppers return their cart to the corral to get their quarter back,” read the website.
Still, some customers took shots at Walmart.
kvue.com stated that Another northern Ontario Walmart location recently posted on Facebook to alert their customers that the system would soon be implemented there.
Walmart told VERIFY “Select Walmart Canada stores offer a deposit system for shopping cart use intended to increase availability and to ensure they are properly returned. The dollar is refunded when the cart is returned. Many discount retailers in Canada offer a similar cart deposit system.”