Letters to editor

Abandoned carts are everyone’s responsibility

By From page A11 | August 27, 2014

This letter is in response to the letter to the Aug. 24 editor by Sandy Wallace.

When an abandoned cart is seen, there are three ways to handle it. It was printed in the Daily Republic paper on Jan. 29. First: visit www.cartretrieval.net. Click on the red button and fill in the online cart reporting form. Second: call 800-252-4613 and leave a voice message with the address of the carts’ locations. Third: Download Cartsnap iOS app, free from the Apple app store, and follow directions to report a cart location. The app will be available on the Android platform soon.

Fairfield recently adopted a shopping cart ordinance and entered into an agreement with California Shopping Cart Retrieval Corp. in order to prevent visual blight and prevent safety hazards created by the abandoned carts.

There are always people who behave badly and leave the carts anywhere. Those residents who know where and how to report the abandoned carts can help keep the city clutter-free and safe for everyone.

Alvina Sheeley


Letter to the Editor


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  • General Fadi BasemAugust 26, 2014 - 4:42 pm

    Headline: "Abandoned carts are everyone’s responsibility." Is this more of the "It takes a village to raise a child" nonsense? It really doesn't take a village--it takes a responsible mommie and a responsible daddy. A set of stocks right next to the village gallows in the lawn area in front of 600 Union Street would be a great place to enforce the current non capital laws.

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  • MikeOAugust 27, 2014 - 4:52 am

    I have no problem using this information to notify the retrieval company. Thanks for restating the three options.

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  • Rick WoodAugust 27, 2014 - 5:47 am

    Ditto. Fairfield PD should post on NextDoor web pages.

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  • ThemisAugust 27, 2014 - 5:59 am

    I suggest the companies who own the carts put perimeter locking mechanisms on their property. If a cart is moved beyond the lot the wheels should seize up. Stores used to take responsibility for retrieving their own property. I see no reason why this expense and responsibility has been delegated to FF residents and police who have their hands full.

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  • Lake ReynoldsAugust 27, 2014 - 6:44 am

    The comments are ridiculous. It's not the store's fault that customers STEAL the carts and take them off of the store's property. Hold the people who take them off of the store's property accountable and I am sure once they are cited for theft the cart problem will go away. Better yet customers should leave their keys In their cars and customers can borrow those cars and then when they are done with them, they can just leave them on the street. That way they don't need to take a cart. Oh...yeah ! That would be stealing. Residents of Fairfield think about it.

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  • Rick WoodAugust 27, 2014 - 7:53 am

    T: Some stores do that, but I imagine it's pretty expensive. Do you want require it? I don't. Better to have the stores pay a cart retrieval company. All we citizens have to do is tell the cart retrieval company where we see carts. CartSnap is great. All you have to do is take a picture of the cart on your iPhone and hit "send." Naming the store is optional. The iPhone knows where it is. As for the police, I can assure you they don't waste time with carts. If anyone at the City cleans them up, it's Public Works. The police will deal with a person with a cart sometimes, but must generally ignore them if they are not causing any trouble or generating complaints.

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  • Time For TruthAugust 27, 2014 - 7:33 am

    Nope. Abandoned shopping carts are NOT everyone's responsibility. It might have at one time, but the City said that it is now government's responsibility... just shut up and pay more taxes.

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  • rlw895August 27, 2014 - 7:41 am

    If only you WOULD shut up and pay more taxes. Your statement is an excuse to do nothing. Are you one of those people who litters because "someone's paid to pick that up?" Government and the public are a team. At least that's the way it's supposed to work. Sounds like you're a spectator booing from the sidelines.

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  • DotAugust 27, 2014 - 9:31 am

    Bravo, rlw! It IS teamwork and I have no problem at all contacting the retrieval service to pick up a cart I see.

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  • SalAugust 27, 2014 - 12:34 pm

    So if i decide voluntarily as an adult citizen that I defecate on the side walk and leave my crap there, is it the city's responsibility to clean up after me?

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  • Time For TruthAugust 27, 2014 - 1:05 pm

    Sal, it would be the City's responsibility IF the City created a program, funded by the taxpayers, to clean up whatever Sal leaves behind. IF the City didn't create such a program, it would be YOUR responsibility to clean up your mess... but the City took on the responsibility for shopping carts so it is... ta da... the City's responsibility!

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  • rlw895August 27, 2014 - 9:27 pm

    Sal: It's the responsibility of the property owner. If the City owns the sidewalk, then yes. But if you owned the property, wouldn't you clean it up and not wait? You can howl at the moon all you want that people shouldn't be crapping on sidewalks and even pass laws against it, but at the end of the day someone has to clean up the mess.

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  • Joseph D. JoyceAugust 27, 2014 - 2:56 pm

    I certainly believe cartretrieval is a great option. I also believe the people who continue to take these shopping carts should be cited for theft. However, this is just one more example of Fairfield's philosophy of: residents should do this, residents should police that, and residents should report that. What they hell do we pay taxes and tax increases for? A mismanaged clusterfu@$?

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  • Rick WoodAugust 27, 2014 - 9:35 pm

    Joseph: The City budget is online if you want to study it to find out what we're paying for. It's a great time to ask these questions of City Council candidates. But I think you will find the City revenues have not recovered from the recession and state takeaways, even with our temporary sakes tax increase. Having City staff cite shopping cart thieves not caught in the act or picking up abandoned carts is a low priority. An alternative system is needed and it's what this letter is about.

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  • Rick WoodAugust 27, 2014 - 11:54 pm

    *sales tax

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  • John GaltAugust 28, 2014 - 9:30 am

    A better question is why the Daily Republic keeps printing letters from this woman.

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  • Rick WoodAugust 28, 2014 - 11:28 am

    Nothing wrong with this letter. It's a really good one, as is the general theme of volunteerism. Don't wait for someone to do it for you.

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