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Stolen Shopping Carts Littering Neighborhood Says One Valley Resident

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Angela Rodriguez says for weeks shopping carts have been scattered around her neighborhood near 4th & Custer in the Valley. Many of the carts are from nearby grocery & big box stores. According to Washington state law it's only considered shopping cart theft if the following applies.

The cart has a permanent sign identifying the owner. Notifies the public that removing the cart from the retailer is unlawful. Lists a contact number or address to return cart to owner.

Rodriguez says many of the carts in her neighborhood are from a local Wal-Mart. A media representative with Wal-Mart tells KHQ, "We have cart pushers who regularly monitor our parking lot and pick up shopping carts. If the carts are off property, our associates actively collect them and bring them back to the store.

At this particular location, associates gather stray shopping carts on a weekly basis." Rodriguez was concerned that the cost of the lost carts which at times can be up to 300 dollars gets passed on to the consumers. The media representative with Wal-Mart could not answer that question. Instead directed our questions to Washington retail industry groups.

Calls to those groups went unreturned.

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