Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on July 30, 1972 · Page 82
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 82

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, July 30, 1972
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I * } ' I ! s ' » I "- ^v*» .w-Jluwis^^^, -^-r^f fo^^-^fv infMW T . y + + ' * T i .JLt! «* An unwary motorist may turn these into junk. You will help pay for this "missing" cart. ··*»-··( * *· i ·' r " * * ~ ^* » ^ These barriers, inconvenient in ways, keep baskarts at home. purchase second hand, carts at a bargain price. · · . . - · , . 'Kethods to combat cart borrowing vary. One company has combined practicality and contemporary architecture to deter persons from taking carts home, Another supermarket chain is designing and constructing arched canopies supported by: brick columns and. small divisionary brick walls spaced so that carts cannot be pushed through. Such areas are being called pickup patios. Employees are to be stationed in these areas to assist cnsto-' mere in transferring their packages from cart to car. Other stores are placing shopper's guides at the exit to check incoming customers with packages, provide information, and check carts being pushed out of the store. Another method of blocking the passage of baskarts from store to parking lot is the strategic placing of concrete posts or pipes that block passage of carts outside the exit of the stores. Investments are also being made in advertising pointed at the cart borrower: S7!4 TE MA GAZINE, July 30, 1972. One such ad now being used in Family Circle Magazine depicts an animated tearful cart pleading, "Please take ir.a back to the pack. Once there were rnany of us who regularly received a nice hot bath and oil rubdowni Last week several others and I missed this treat. We were left in someone's back yard to get rusty and dirty." At present, a person.cannot .be prosecuted in Charleston for taking a cart unless a warrant is issued.; Store managers are reluctant to sign warrants because of the possible loss of good will and public relations. The easiest, most logical method of meeting the extra incurred expenses is to pass the cost along to the consumer. "If the City of Charleston had an ordinance," says Charleston Police Lieutenant Arlie Robinson, "similar to our shoplifting law; forbidding the taking of a cart from the premises of a store, we could make arrests without the store's involvement." Most police officers agree that Charleston's shoplifting law is a good one. As soon as a person is found with concealed articles unpaid" for, he may be arrested by a police officer or citizen. "We n*£d to do something about this cart borrowing'," says Charleston's City Covmcfiman Ernest Layne. "Kids in my ndghborhooa are riding them down the street and creating a: safety hazard." Layne is proposing a city ordnance similar to the one passed by the Common Cojuncil in Milwaukee, Wis., this year. *· The Milwaukee law requires all super- .markets to put their name and address on their carts in a conspicuous place. *· It is a violation of the Milwaukee law to take a cart from the premises or parking lot of a store without the express consent of the store manager or owner. »· It is also a violation of the law to abandon a cart, or leave it unattended, on any public street, or sidewalk. »- The store or supermarket must post a copy of the law in a conspicuous place as a warning to shoppers. *· Abandoned carts are turned over to the 'department of public works. The owner is notified. He has 30 days to reclaim his property after paying a $4 handling and storage fee. *· If the owner does not reclaim his cart within the allotted time, it is turned over to the board of purchases for sale. *· If they cannot be sold or otherwise disposed of, the abandoned carls are returned to the department of public works for junking. If the ordinance proposed by Layne is passed and enforced, Charlestonians will be saving money. In the meantime, to cut down your food bill, return all borrowed carts. Do not leave them sitting in alleys and vacant lots. Look on the handle and you will probably see the name of the rightful owner. Each buggy returned will save you and your family grocery money. CHARLESTON, W.VA.

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