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By LeiLani Golden - bio | email

BAINBRIDGE, GA (WALB) – A new shopping cart ordinance in Bainbridge has some business owners feeling unfairly targeted.

The ordinance, which went into effect January 1st, states any city employee may pick up shopping carts abandoned outside store premises. The owner of those carts must then pay a $25 fine in order to reclaim each cart.

The ordinance also makes it is unlawful for anyone to remove a cart from a store's premises without written consent.

"I sort of see it on both parts. You know, they have to have some sort of law in order to keep the town pretty and not have carts laying everywhere," says Walmart shopper Whitney Hughes. "But then on the other hand, Walmart can't be responsible 24/7 for people getting carts and taking off."

Store owners say it isn't uncommon to lose around 150 shopping carts a month. Fines on lost carts could total up to $45,000 a year, a loss which is usually passed on to consumers.

Since the ordinance took effect, there has only been one arrest of a stolen cart.

 


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