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Joe Winner

CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 12: Shopping carts sit outside an Aldi grocery store. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Aldi’s grocery store has a unique way of managing it’s shopping carts. You need to deposit a quarter to get one. When you return the cart you get your quarter back.  On the Aldi website they say it’s so they don’t have to pay someone to collect the carts from the parking lot and to keep costs low. But – what if you don’t have a quarter?

It’s no secret that a lot of people no longer carry cash, and the old staple of keeping change in your car’s ashtray only works if your car has an ashtray. Mine does not. There’s a simple solution – just ask the cashier for a quarter. They’ll give you one.

Aldi prefers this to the alternative. Last year someone discovered you could simply shove the back of a key into the slot and it unlocks the cart.

Aldi’s warns that your key could get stuck and removing it could damage the key – and the cart. So if you forgot to bring a quarter – just ask.



Like most people in this town, Joe Winner hails from the Midwest. Ohio. When not on the air, you’ll find Joe all over town supporting community events and various charities and handing out fun stuff to all the people. Joe’s on-air features include “Joe’s Meals On Wheels” serving up free lunch, and “Intermission” where the listeners have to name the correct movie of the day to win fantastic prizes.