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Stolen shopping carts

Posted: April 20, 2009 10:08 p.m.
Updated: April 21, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
There is a problem with grocery carts. The problem is not just with retrieval of the shopping carts. This problem should be eliminated. The carts are taken and abandoned all over town. They are left on sidewalks and street corners and, sometimes, are not picked up for weeks. They blow into the streets creating a traffic hazard for oncoming traffic.

Also, there is the problem with the cost of cart retrieval. There was so much expense involved that a cottage industry was created.

The stores wanted to reap the profit benefit of the retrieval. At about $50 a cart, our marketing expenses are increased by the expense of the retrieval, plus profit.

Some Walmart stores have carts that lock the wheels after they are taken very far. Driveways could be made to prevent the carts from going beyond the parking lot.

Howe's Market, in Northridge, has taken measures to prevent the taking of their carts.

My question is this: Why hasn't this conduct been treated as a crime? The police won't arrest someone taking a cart and the market won't prosecute. This encourages the taking of the carts.

If an abandoned cart blows into the street and causes an accident, with death or injury, the city and the store to whom the cart belongs are going to have to defend a lawsuit. The situation should be remedied before that happens.

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