Please add “Shopping Cart theft” to the laws that everyone ignores… because it is a rampant issue that impacts communities all over Los Angeles and it is not only beyond enforceability – who would do it? The “victim” in the crime is the grocery store or market – and although they have become more clever in their deterrents – people still steal them right and left. For police to enforce the theft, the victim would have to report the crime. Stores have learned to just build the cost of the loss into their operations, and pass it right along to YOU!
Supposedly there is a coalition that is out to pick up these abandoned carts called the Shopping Cart Retrieval Company. Their website says, “The California Shopping Cart Retrieval Corporation (CSCRC) was formed in 1993 to create a professional, efficient means of returning shopping carts to grocery stores in Southern California after they are removed from store property. ”
You can let them know 24 hours a day where to find abandoned carts and they’ll come to pick them up – or download their iPhone app and report it that way!
Shopping carts cost approximately $100~$300 each. Getting them back saves all of us money.