We don't have a $2.00 system here, and find that people just leave their trolleys anywhere. It is very annoying. I return mine to the trolley bays, not only because it is the right thing to do but those boys that collect the trolleys could do with a helping hand too!
I don't actually do the grocery shopping very often, but when I do I take the trolley back to where it's supposed to go. Otherwise someone else has to so it's a bit inconsiderate not to, and they sometimes roll into cars if they're left around and the parking lot slopes a bit.
I always take mine back to the trolley park. I get so angry when I see trolleys abandoned in the streets. People take them from the supermarket so the don't have to carry heavy bags, leave them any old place, and then they end up being thrown into the river.
I always take mine back to the trolley collection bay. My high school sweet heart was a trolley boy, and sometimes I used to go and spend time with him while he was working, as it could get quite boring. But when it became busy I remember how frustrated and upset he'd get if he had to look all over car parks for trolleys and take them back as well as collect them all to take back to the store. It's actually quite a big job for little pay, so I try to do the right thing out of respect for the trolley workers.
Return it to inside of shop or bay. On most shopping trips I collect one from outside to use. I consider helping those who can't too. Offering to take their trolley back if they have kids or elderly. I am no spring chicken either.
I always return my trolley to the allocated bays regardless of how far they may be from my car out of respect for those who collect them. I don't understand those who simply cannot be bothered to return trolleys - it's just arrogant and selfish.
I either put it in the trolley bay or with the other trolleys at the entrance to the supermarket. At some shopping centres or supermarkets there aren't many trolley bays and it is a long way for elderly people and people with young children to go to put the trolley in its right place. Where I live there are a good number of trolley bays so there isn't an excuse.
The majority of times I put it in the trolley bay. If not, return it to where other trolleys have been stacked. I often pick one up thats been abandoned at the entrance to the car park and use it to do my shopping. It annoys me when its obvious they have been abandoned at the bus stop when all that is required is just a few steps and its inside the car park again. Some of the trolleys have locking wheels which won't let you wheel them down the ramp to the street and these are abandoned outside the cafes on the outside of the shopping complex and not collected regularly by the trolley guys.
Always put the trolley away where it belongs, either in the car park trolley bay, or with excess trolleys beside the bay, or directly to the trolley person if times right, or inside the complex in trolley bay, pending which direction I am going.
But if I see someone leaving a trolley out elsewhere and I am in ear shot, they will be called out to, to stop being lazy and put the trolley away.
Then I walk out and pretend to be writing down their details - No' plate and time etc, that usually gets them doing the right thing.
Gotcha scum bag!