Letters to the editor: Shopping Cart Edition

Shopping cart solution

Regarding Jim Morekis’s column “Putting the shopping cart before the horse,” about the problem of abandoned shopping carts in the Jan. 10-16 issue:

I would like to make a suggestion.  Several years ago, being tired of the eyesore and nuisance of abandoned shopping carts that litter our area, I began taking notes about their locations and the stores that owned them. 

Some carts were in wooded areas and ditches and had been there for months if not years.  I called and visited the stores, talked with the management, and gave them the exact locations of their shopping carts. 

In not one case did they make any effort to pick up the carts and they all remained where they were.

Given the fact that the stores allow people to freely roll the carts off their property, given the fact that most people who do so are poor so that it is not practical for the public authorities to oblige them not to do it, or at least to return the carts, and given the fact that the public has to suffer as a result of the nuisance and eyesore, here is a suggested solution:

The county and municipalities should create a website on which anyone can list abandoned shopping carts, their locations, and the stores they are associated with.  The stores will be expected to monitor the web site and pick up their respective carts. 

The police will put an indelible, difficult-to-remove ticket on any carts they encounter that are not on the owner’s property, the ticket will be dated, it will be listed on the web site, and the owners will have seven days to pick up their carts. 

For any that are not picked up within seven days, the owner will be fined an amount that at least covers the cost of impounding and disposing of the carts.

Farris Cadle

More shopping cart options


Regarding “Putting the shopping cart before the horse:”

There are a couple of options that weren’t mentioned. Coming from Tucson, Arizona, grocery stores can install a system that doesn’t allow carts to be removed from parking lot( doesn’t help those trying to get groceries home , but perhaps the city  could set up a free cart program in certain areas.)

Also, perhaps a kinder approach, is freelancers pick up carts in their trucks and return for a nominal fee per cart to a store. 

Stephen Pass 

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