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Savannah begins month long rogue shopping cart crackdown

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The City of Savannah may be running a shopping cart sweep in the streets of Savannah soon.

Rogue carts, left in neighborhoods on sidewalks, bus stops, parks and ditches have residents seeing Target red. Since a letter went out to stores last month, the shopping cart situation has gotten better in some areas, while other problems areas, the problem persists.

The question is, as the city holds the stores' feet to the fire,  some think the people walking off with the carts should also be held responsible. 

"There is no reason for leaving shopping carts out here, all out," Michael Kelsey, Savannah, told WTOC.

"They shouldn't be out here like that," Amanda Castle said.

Michael Kelsey and Amanda Castle have to stare at not one or two, but at least seven shopping carts from Target, Kroger, Big Lots and Home Depot, all at the bus stop on Victory Drive near Skidaway Road. In the parking lot behind it, two more carts sit.

"Mainly, it's the business's fault. I think the employees should crack down on the shopping carts and get to work on that," Kelsey said.

Last month, the city of Savannah sent a letter to local businesses warning them to start gathering up their carts as the city watches the situation with possible punishments still being decided. 

"I don't think it's the biggest issue in the city but it is an issue we have to handle," Alderman Tony Thomas told WTOC.

Thomas, like most of his fellow council members, agreed the shopping cart situation needs to get under control, however, Thomas isn't so sure the city is targeting the right culprits. He thinks police should be stopping people who leave a store's property with a shopping cart.

"Some people got upset because they don't think police should be harassing folks who are walking  away from these stores with shopping carts," he said. "To me, you are extended borrowing or some people might even say stealing."

The issue is enough of a nuisance to get the city to pay enough attention to do something about it. 

"I  think it's both the person and the business's fault," Castle said.

Some stores, like Kroger and Red and White grocery stores, do have employees who round up shopping carts. However, the city says after the one month monitoring phase, they are looking at possibly implementing a process where they collect the shopping carts and the stores would have to come and pay a fee to get them back.

Those carts are not inexpensive and cost between 400 and 800 dollars apiece.


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