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Getting Groceries Home

With the number of shopping carts I see floating around the area, it shows people are having trouble getting their purchases home.

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I see shopping carts left all over the place: at bus stops, apartment complexes, in the driveways of houses, and even in Plaster Creek. Getting groceries home and carts returned is obviously a problem - and it's, in the end, a transportation problem. Carrying large bags of groceries home is difficult for people who don't drive a car, but it's also a problem for everyone: lost carts create extra expenses for stores, which are passed on to customers; they're an eyesore when left in inappropriate places; they block sidewalks (there's a spot near 28th and Eastern where this is a particular problem); and it hurts the environment when they end up being pushed into waterways. They're probably further downstream now, but until the flooding this past spring, there were two carts in Plaster Creek along the Ken-O-Sha trail. Not surprisingly, I've never seen an Aldi cart where it didn't belong, since Aldi charges a $.25 deposit on its carts. Ideally, there'd be a way to make it easy both for people to transport their groceries AND get the carts back where they belong.

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Hi Laura - yes indeed - I agree with Idrees - great spot. I wonder if carts will join the automated vehicle ranks in future and take themselves back to the supermarket. Why don't residents take them back the next time they shop - maybe some do and those you see outside buildings are just waiting for that next shop. Anyway - thanks for another excellent post and with a great photo attached.

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