The title may sound a bit funny but it is something I spent a few hours thinking about during a recent car trip :)
In my country in order to get a shopping cart, you have to insert a coin. When returning the cart, you get back the coin you had inserted. It seems obvious to me that you don't buy the shopping cart by inserting the coin, so the ownership remains with the store even though you have "paid" for it.
But during this road trip, I was thinking: why? There is no explicit contract, it is just a societal norm. I assume from a legal point of view there is some sort of implied contract or something. However how are these terms determined? Is this related to fair use? And if so, what is fair use? I assume using the shopping cart to get your groceries home and then bringing back the cart would be valid (as long as you dont break it). But what about keeping it indefinitely until you move to a different area at which point you would return it?
I hope my previous questions are able to highlight what sort of question I mean by "what law governs shopping carts". Most of the answers I have so far are not based on laws but more on "it's what you have to do" mentality.
- Location: Germany
- Interested in: Germany primarily, other areas out of curiosity