The news that Coles are currently trialling the ban of trolleys from self-checkouts at some of their supermarkets has the potential to divide an entire nation. At least that’s what one local social commentator is claiming, as the seemingly common-sense decision may not be as fair as first thought.

While the trial is carried out at Coles venues across Australia, including Fountain Gate here in Melbourne, social commentator Liz Campbell has told The Watsonia Bugle that she fears a swift pushback from customers if the trial is implemented permanently. Campbell said, “Forget politics. Forget religion. This is the kind of supposedly ‘micro-issue’ that could truly divide a nation. While some people choose to steer clear of politics, you ask anyone anywhere and I bet they’ll have an opinion on whether trolleys should be allowed in the self-checkout area of their local supermarket.”

Campbell also claimed that because both sides of the argument have a reasonable case, the issue isn’t going to be resolved any time soon. She said, “At first it just makes sense to ban the trolley. I mean, who doesn’t hate it when they just want to pay for a couple of things and they get stuck behind some inconsiderate asshole pushing their weekly shop through.

“But when you analyse the situation a little more deeply, it’s not as clear cut as it first seems. Self-checkouts have reduced the number of traditional checkouts that are available, which naturally tempts trolley pushers to delve into the self-checkout area. Not to mention the increased opportunities for putting your expensive apples through as brown onions.”