Hundreds of baskets have been stolen from Pak'nSave in Palmerston North - and it appears some thieves are making their getaways on mobility scooters.
Nearly 200 shopping baskets have been taken and the supermarket has now decided to no longer keep them in store.
Manager Jeff Cruickshank confirmed shopping baskets have been disappearing for years.
"As a result, we now ask customers doing small shops to use one of our smaller trolleys that are available as they enter the store."
He said the Ferguson St store wasn't sure why shoppers took the baskets but suggested it could be "down to simple dishonesty" or whether people prefer the baskets to using their own boxes or bags. Pak'nSave is known for leaving customers to pack their own groceries.