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Whose Responsibility Is It to Keep Shopping Carts at Retail Properties?

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

Santee Councilman Rob McNelis wants the city to require retail stores to return shopping carts if removed from their property, according to a recent U-T San Diego article. And he's not the only city officials or local to see the problem with wandering shopping carts to nearby streets.

The U-T said both El Cajon and Escondido implemented rules in recent years to keep carts out of nearby neighborhoods, roadways and waterways.

McNelis told the paper that he dislikes the idea of more regulations, but returning carts to public property is burdening the city.

Read the full U-T article online. What do you think about wandering carts? Do you think it is a problem in Santee? Tell us in the comment section below.

julieyourrealtor February 06, 2014 at 10:15 AM
I am noticing more and more homeless people, drug addicts, etc. in Santee. They usually are the ones to take shopping carts to store their belongings. If the authorities want to do something about the shopping carts, let's get these homeless drug addicts out of our city. They are thieves, cutting copper from many of my neighbors RV plugs, and any other copper scraps they can find. They hang out near the riverbed near Rio Seco school. ( I only know this as my kids told me they have seen them there) Take care of that problem, and maybe the carts will not be taken.
Neal February 06, 2014 at 10:45 AM
The transients do use them to transport their belongings. That does not explain the carts seen near nearby homes and apartments from people who walk to go shopping and need the carts to transport their goods home. It doesn't explain the carts discarded into the river beside Walmart. I have seen at least one service that returns discarded carts to places like Albertsons (for a fee no doubt). Target has new carts that lockout if they stray too far from the store. If removal of a shopping cart from the parking lot of the store to which it belongs is viewed as theft, the police need to act. Carts make terrible off road vehicles, most are being pushed down sidewalks in plain view of everyone.
Kleb Soule February 06, 2014 at 11:58 AM
section 8 equals - carts everywhere in proximity
Chuck Passentino February 06, 2014 at 05:31 PM
I live near Food for Less and return carts in my neighborhood to the store. The solution, as Neal points out, is to use electronically locking carts. According to cartmanagement.hubpages.com, "The CartControl system from Gatekeeper Systems utilizes the locking wheel solution by combining a locking signal, embedded perimeter antenna, and a self-braking wheel to provide the most effective and easy-to-use shopping cart containment solution available."
Tom Ferreira February 06, 2014 at 07:55 PM
Tom Ferreira I have returned four Albertsons and two Target carts so far. I found one on Los Ranchitos Road and five in the field east of Mast BLVD. I agree some of the problem is with the homeless, the other part of the problem is teenagers out after curfew with nothing better to do. The reason I say this is, most of the time you will see a homeless person with a cart, usually an older one full of their belongs. So they steel another cart only to abandon it, this doesn't make sense. The carts I have found were new carts. I do agree with Neal and Chuck, the wheel locking devices work, but at what cost to the stores involved.
Don February 07, 2014 at 11:44 AM
Councilman McNelis, couldn't the city hold on to the carts and notify the store that they have their cart and they have 72 hours to arrange pick up or they will be delivered by the city for a fee? I think the problem is many fold and not just the homeless or shoppers too lazy to return the carts after walking home. The solution is for the carts not to wander off the store's lots, how to do that, technology will find a way!
adam paul February 07, 2014 at 11:56 AM
The wheel locking cart is one option to look at and would definitely help. Also when I worked for the old El Cajon Downtown Development Corp as an Ambassador we used to pick up the carts in our zone that we patrolled and we would bring them back to our back parking lot and lock them up for the cart service to pick up. There was a service where a guy would go out around El Cajon with a big truck and pick up certain carts that they had contracts with and return them to the stores. Very Lucrative. Definitely the stores need to be held more accountable in some way because its bad.

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