Friday Fictioneers: The Wayward Trolley

copyright_bw_beachamMrs. Harrison lived near the grocery shop and couldn’t be bothered to bring her car and worry about parking when she came to shop.

So she would march straight past the “No trolleys beyond this point” sign and just leave her trolley outside her home.

Kumar was in charge of collecting any wayward trolleys in the surrounding areas. One day, while “helping” Mrs. Harrison with her groceries, he put something between the wheels. Half way, the wheels stopped spinning and Mrs. Harrison had no choice but to carry her heavy bags home.

The next time, she brought her car to the grocery shop.

P.S. In Dubai, we get help weighing the vegetables, bagging the groceries and sometimes even taking the trolley to the car and unloading. 🙂


This story has been written for the Friday Ficioneers. For details see the link below:


20 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers: The Wayward Trolley

    • I sometimes see these trolleys parked outside houses and I feel sorry for the people who have to retrieve them.
      Thank you for reading and commenting.

    • Thank you for taking time to read and comment.
      Yes people can be a bit selfish sometimes and I often see the trolleys in residential areas. Somebody must be bringing them back.

  1. Dear Zainab,

    Guess you could say that he fixed her wagon…or trolley as it were. 😉 My husband was stationed in Dubai for a twice when he was in the Navy. I have some very nice jewelry from there.
    I enjoyed your story.



  2. Such a good story, Zainab, and not just relevant to Dubai. Where we used to live, people would take grocery carts all the way to the bus stop, then leave them, where they often sat for days. I like Kumar’s ingenuity.


  3. Here in Sweden you have to put in a coin to get a trolley.. and you only get it back if you return the trolley.. not a big amount .. but it seem to be enough to get the trolley’s back (there would be people doing it just to get that coin I think…). I liked the ingenuity of Kumar…

    • Yes that’s a good way of getting the trolley back. We have it in the bigger malls but even then I see the trolleys abandoned in the parking lot rather than in the designated area. I think the stores actually do assign somebody to get the trolleys back!

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