It’s “Return Shopping Carts to the Supermarket Month”!!!

'Socking Cart' by Don Hontz, used with permission

You think I’m kidding? Its even recognized by the US Census Bureau… but they don’t bother to give statistics as to how many carts are stolen and abandoned in the United States. Shamefully, it seems the only time shopping carts make local news is when they’re used as weapons against defenseless women.

If you don’t think abandoned carts is epidemic enough to warrant an entire month of recognition, check out this search on Flickr for a large number of abandoned shopping carts in Los Angeles. As of this writing, there are at least 50 abandoned carts shown since Jan. 1, 2007 alone – and these are the only ones that people cared enough to take and upload a photo of!

The plight of the abandoned shopping cart has been taken to heart in at least two photo collections, one by Shawn Nee called Discarted, the other by BrewmasterJ310 entitled “carts in L.A.”

…photo by Dan Hontz used with permission… h/t Independent Sources

5 Replies to “It’s “Return Shopping Carts to the Supermarket Month”!!!”

  1. David,

    The photograph tells the story well, even made me chuckle at the boots on the wheels.

    My work place is located near Olympic and Alameda and the homeless seem to find shopping carts, with no markets nearby, to tote their possessions from street to street.

    The oddest site I’ve witnessed was a man pushing four shopping carts; he would push one cart thirty feet ahead of the others, then walk back to retrieve another cart, and place it thirty feet ahead of the others.

  2. How wierd – just yesteday, a shopping cart showed up blocking my driveway, and two more were on the sidewalk next door.

  3. There’s one in front of my house right now. The bummer in neighborhoods like mine is that there’s no way to know where to return them. I’m surrounded by privately-owned and off-brand supermarkets that don’t have their own branded carts. It could’ve come from anywhere.

    Fortunately, we also have scrap metal and garbage scavengers that come through and grab stuff like that. It’s like Mad Max around here.

  4. LMAO they aren’t abandoned. They are fleeing their owners who have let them fall apart due to neglect and who knows what else. Its the carts attempt to flee to find a new owner who will treasure their very existance and make them whole again. Once they leave the confines of their enslavement they are free to roam and complete their mission. Sadly some fall into the hands of the Mad Max clan and are broken down further to serve as make shift shelters or barbeque grills under some bridge, underpass or parking lot soon to be forgotten by their owner and written off as a bad business expense. Help them in their flight just as we did the milk crates years ago that now dutifully serve as garage organizers.

  5. I saw a woman in the middle of the street pulling two shopping carts AND talking on cellphone. Hang up and push!

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