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Grocery carts litter Fairfield

By From page A8 | August 24, 2014

It is really disappointing to see various grocery shopping carts littered throughout the housing areas and across from the mall, etc.

There are approximately five┬ácarts on Holiday Lane (Target, Raley’s, Safeway, etc.) located across from Cycle Gear and Mancini Sleep World. These carts are currently sitting in the road and could cause an accident if not seen in time by drivers.

Who is responsible for ensuring these grocery carts are returned to the applicable stores? And once the carts are returned to the stores, how often are all carts cleaned for sanitary purposes? Fairfield must do better!

Sandy Wallace


Letter to the Editor


Discussion | 7 comments

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  • Rick WoodAugust 24, 2014 - 1:12 am

    Download the CartSnap or similar app to your cell phone and use it to report abandoned carts. It works.

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  • Time For TruthAugust 24, 2014 - 7:20 am

    Previously we had a shopping cart problem organically. Now that we have a government program with government managers, corporate contractors, and a specific tax and spend system in place... we MUST have a shopping cart problem. It is always like this with ANY level of government. We will always have war because we have a massive Department of War (the DoD); we will always have cancer because there is a huge and profitable industrial/governmental complex built to work towards a cure (but never, ever can they find a cure); we will always have drug laws that result in America having the largest incarcerated population of any other country because we have to continue the support of the law enforcement-judicial-prison complex. The government can never fix anything because if it did, that element of government would no longer be needed... and this just isn't allowed!

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  • UnabashedProgressiveAugust 24, 2014 - 9:36 am

    It's a bunch of shopping carts. Are you seriously using a bunch of shopping carts to prop up your hotbed-of-conspiracy/government's-out-to-get-us soapbox? I wonder if you really know what an ideal society looks like.

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  • Time For TruthAugust 24, 2014 - 9:46 am

    Una... I guess the problem is that we just haven't had the right person in charge yet.

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  • JimboAugust 24, 2014 - 12:41 pm

    Target is absolutely the worst. If you find one of their carts on your property and call them, they clearly have no intention at all of wanting it back.

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  • ananamousAugust 24, 2014 - 9:40 pm

    It is U the consumer that ultimately pays the price of the shopping cart. The store usually pays $125-$175 for each cart. They don't have a roving team of employees that can chase after each customer that walks to the store with the express intent of buying a product & taking it home in a cart. If we didn't have so many low class thieves among us it wouldn't be a problem. But there are many a-moral individuals in Fairfield & elsewhere that think it's just fine to take someone else's property for their own use. Since the Politicians don't want to have the prisons full of non-violent offenders, the Police don't place much priority on apprehending these low life criminals, so we have to endure this pain in the rear. There are more expensive shopping carts that some stores use that have an electronic set of wheels that lock & will not turn when the cart reaches the perimeter of the store lot. Many stores don't keep track of carts so management doesn't place a priority on loss. They have an annual loss factor in their budget so they can loose some carts without anyone being concerned. Maybe people should either report these people to the store or the Police immediately and some of these carts won't be found in your driveway. But most likely this will continue until the cost of carts becomes big enough for some manager to become concerned enough to get the attention of the corporate CFO. Another alternative is to lock the carts to each other & make customers pay a refundable $1.00 to release them to use in the store & refund the $1.00 when they return it. This is done with an automated machine in the cart bullpen. There are options. It depends who has the will to devise them.

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  • rlw895August 24, 2014 - 9:52 pm

    I saw a guy load his possessions into a cart in the Grocery Outlet parking lot and head out. He apparently missed the fact that GA is one of the stores that has wheel locks. Sure enough, he gets to the line that shows the limit you can go, and as I catch a glimpse of him in my rear view mirror, he's disgustingly unloading the cart and leaving it right where it stopped in a traffic lane. How does a person like that not realize his life has become a waste of oxygen?

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