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!