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Lonely Shopping Carts

Original post made by Gene Coan, Barron Park, on Feb 12, 2010

For months, commuters at the California Avenue train station have been treated to the sight of shopping carts dumped into the no-man's land between the station and Alma. I tried reporting this to Caltrain, which replied that this area is the responsibility of the the city of Palo Alto, not Caltrain, and they would forward the message. More months went by, and the abandoned shopping cars are still there. Noticing that one of them belonged to Country Sun, I reported it to that marked, and the person answering the phone responded with gratitude, saying that they would pick up their valuable cart immediately.

Two more months have gone by, and the carts are getting very sad indeed.

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Posted by Ken
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Feb 12, 2010 at 12:41 pm

If I was in the grocery business, I would join a consortium of other grocers to hire someone to recover abandoned and stolen shopping carts. Those things are expensive! The City of Palo Alto should make it known that shoping cart theft is a crime, and that the local police department will enforce the law.

All we seem to get from our city officials is a cave-in to the "don't criminalize poverty" crowd.


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Posted by just thinkin'
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 12, 2010 at 3:57 pm

There is a company that picks up carts - but there is a fee...... Will you pay for "their" carts to be picked up????????


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Posted by Ken
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Feb 12, 2010 at 4:51 pm

"There is a company that picks up carts - but there is a fee"

What is the name of that company?


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Posted by John
a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Feb 12, 2010 at 9:14 pm

Doesn't the several grocery stores already have a company pick up carts? Could check with Piazza's, Molly Stones, Safeway, et al and find out.


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Posted by All American
a resident of Downtown North
on Dec 19, 2012 at 9:23 am

All American Shopping Cart Retrieval Service they are the ones to call 1-408-629-6030 or go to www.allamericancartservice.com for all your cart retrieval needs I'm


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Posted by feed back
a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Dec 19, 2012 at 9:40 am

Yes i understand All American is in every northern california city


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Posted by Ron
a resident of another community
on Jun 9, 2014 at 12:40 pm

How about a free app that reports lost shopping carts to the company that picks them up. Check out CartSnap (Web Link)


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Posted by Testimony
a resident of Community Center
on Oct 22, 2014 at 10:21 pm

Go to wwwallamericancartservice.com and on first page enter cart location and it goes directly to the driver to be removed.


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Posted by The PA Post Said Today
a resident of Community Center
on Oct 23, 2014 at 8:05 pm

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