Some Salt Lake residents claim abandoned shopping carts are a big problem in their neighborhood
They say it has been for a least the last 10 years.
Some residents in Salt Lake claim abandoned shopping carts are a big problem in their neighborhood. They say it has been for a least the last 10 years.
Dennis Egge walks around his neighborhood everyday. He says he finds five abandoned carts per week on average, takes pictures of them and reports them to the city.
"They have a pretty low regard for the law I would say. Why they do that? I have no idea... It's their convenience and they don't wanna buy a cart of their own because then they gotta drag it both ways," Egge said.
He wants the city to revise the city law that keeps sidewalks clear of objects by adding rules specifying shopping carts.
The neighborhood board agrees and the chair, Chace Shigemasa, drafted a resolution, urging the mayor and City Council to do just that.
"The law needs to be updated and that's what our board feels. The problem that our community has is that we don't have a way for the carts to be regulated," Chace Shigemasa, Alimanu/Salt Lake/Foster Village Neighborhood Board chair, said.
The city's Department of Facility Maintenance claims it removed more than 630 shopping carts around Oahu so far this year. Shigemasa hopes changes will prevent more carts on walkways.
Honolulu police can notify stores of their carts' locations, but it's up to the business if they want to retrieve them. After city crews pick up the carts, they don't charge the owners a fee or fine them to pick it up but if a cart is in bad condition, it'll be thrown away.