The shopping cart issue has been solved here in Medford, to an extent. Except now the responsibility of unsightly carts falls on business owners.
Posted: Tue Jan 02 23:10:28 PST 2018
Updated: Tue Jan 02 23:10:28 PST 2018
Posted By: Eliana Sheriff
Speech to Text for Shopping Cart Ordinance Impacts Local Businesses
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unsightly shopping carts littered around the city. thanks for joining us, i'm mike duffy. last month the city council passed an ordinance to fine business owners if they do not collect their abandoned carts. newswatch 12's eliana sheriff spoke to a local grocery store about how the change is already impacting them. eliana sheriff says, "the store director here at food 4 less says they've already had to collect about 15 to 20 carts from the city since the ordinance passed december 21st." stolen shopping carts are a huge issue in medford. they're unsightly, they require more time and effort from the police to deal with them, and they're not cheap for store owners to lose "it's a huge cost to the grocery business." food 4 less store director jared mulhollen says they spend a fortune trying to replenish stolen carts jared mulhollen says, "we figure we lose between three and five carts a week at a loss to the store of 200 dollars per cart." thats why the city council agreed to lighten the load on police and find a solution to the cart issue. last month the city agreed to issue $50 fines to store owners who don't pick up their carts in seven days after they are reported abandoned. he says for that reason the city councils solution to the problem is harder on the businesses than the people actually committing the crime "obviously anyone who has something stolen from them and then is fined when they don't recover it, it does upset you a little bit. we do understand it is an issue here in medford. we would like to see people in possession of our carts get a ticket for possessing stolen merchandise. medford police are busy. and we do understand that." in medford