Shopping Carts on Notice

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Shopping Carts on Notice
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By Eric

Time: July 7, 2022 at 2:53 PM
Location: 800 block of Bath Street 
Event: Abandoned World Market Shopping Cart and city action
Comment: IMO another example of the city being unfriendly to local businesses.  Though I suppose “city combating evil capitalists littering city with shopping carts” could be another take.
My Action: Called the number, complained to bureaucrat, and did personal business. Then returned to post this and return the cart to World Market. 


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bicyclist Jul 08, 2022 10:40 AM
Shopping Carts on Notice

Eric, way to take action! i.e. "Do it yourself". Gotta love that there's an official pre-printed form for these actions? It says the Owner of the cart, do they actually contact said owner, or is just a piece of paper?

RHS Jul 08, 2022 10:49 AM
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Bicyclist, would you like to return to where you left your bicycle and find it had been seized and taken away? This process is to give people a chance to move on or to show abandonment. Not that hard to figure. (72 hour notice is put on cars parked in residential streets prior to citation or towing.)

Zenyatta19 Jul 08, 2022 04:03 PM
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RHS A shopping cart off the premises of a business is stolen property. A 72 hour notice of towing is the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard. Who is seizing bikes? Probably the same people stealing shopping carts. Also business owners need to do better securing their carts and retrieving them when they are stolen. They should be fined by the city if carts are left around town. There used to be a guy with a truck who would pick up random carts and return them. Local stores paid him per retuned cart.

RHS Jul 09, 2022 10:22 AM
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The 72 hour notice is required by SB Municipal Code. It is the law and affords people an opportunity to move their car before it is towed. That seems fair to most I think, not ridiculous. Businesses do have an obligation to pick up carts if they allow them to be removed from their property. Last I heard there is still a cart pick up service btw. And using a cart to transport merchandise home and then abandoning it (it that is what happened here) is not theft which requires the intent to permanently take possession of the stolen stuff. (Hence "joyriding" versus grant theft auto.)

montecito_matt Jul 08, 2022 11:58 AM
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LMAO, they really go to the effort of placing a notice on them? That's the city for you and most government agencies, the same ones in charge of solving our homeless crisis (let's just buy a motel to house them all). They burn down the freeway, railroad shoulders and almost a bowling alley, why would we ever think they couldn't burn down a motel. But shopping carts, should have seen how many there were at the 101/154 intersection when it was cleaned up, guess what, they are back in there. A lot of good the orange safety fencing did to keep them out. We stop catering to them and they will go to other places. (disclaimer: these thoughts are my own, do not shame me for that)

Chip of SB Jul 08, 2022 11:59 AM
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This is hilarious! They won’t do anything to stop shopping cart theft, but they are all for impounding the stolen carts once they are abandoned. Way to avoid the root cause of this problem!

sbmh2015 Jul 08, 2022 12:09 PM
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I'm glad they are doing this. It's not unfriendly to a business

Shasta Guy Jul 08, 2022 12:57 PM
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Sounds like California justice: punish property owners because someone stole their stuff and abandoned it creating an eyesore. The problem is not the store but the individuals who steal the carts.

If this is too punitive the it will only be a matter of time before shoppers get charged a hefty deposit for a shopping cart only to be redeemed if you your return your cart. $50 deposit per cart that you forfeit if you don't return it? Leave your cart for someone else less fortunate than you to redeem?

yacht rocked Jul 08, 2022 01:05 PM
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There was a Safeway on the Peninsula that only had a few carts that could only stay in the store. Each had a metal pole, like a short flagpole, that was taller than the store's doors so you couldn't wheel the cart outside. Irritating, but it worked to keep carts off the streets.

Babycakes Jul 08, 2022 02:06 PM
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Ross Dress For Less at 5 Points and near Costco have the same "flags" on their carts to prevent them from being taken out the door. Commercial (well-built) stainless -steel grocery carts cost hundreds of dollars. Lesser-quality carts can be picked up for a bit over a hundred, maybe a bit less in bulk. The City of Santa Barbara could buy a few hundred carts to give away to street people....could be used as a platform to display art by artists and/or advertising. I'm not positive about this, but I (me) believe there are tracking devices in the store carts to track where you used it to go around the store, and how much time you spent in front of the cereal, meat, or......cookies!

ZeroHawk Jul 08, 2022 03:22 PM
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omg LOL there are NOT tracking devices on carts. i think i just hurt myself laughing so hard. that's a good one. wow. man you people sure love to come up with some seriously stupid ideas and comments....about a ditched shopping cart LOL!

Babycakes Jul 08, 2022 03:50 PM
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It's always the smart one for some reason who cannot think outside the box. Keep laughing Giggles:

One of the special application areas of the object tracking technology within IDENTRACE is the shopping cart tracking.

Following the carts in a retail shop IDENTRACE can determine the order and the place of the selection of purchased products, which tells much more about the selection habits of customers than the currently available methods that could build only on the set of purchased goods at the cashiers. This valuable information about the way how customers select products in a shop is used as an input to the CUBEA Customer Behavior Analysis System, which applies geospatial data mining algorithms to recognize meaningful behavior rules. Learning these buying habits can help to optimize product placement and other promotion and marketing actions in the retail shop, which finally can lead to a measurable increased revenue.

Zenyatta19 Jul 08, 2022 04:09 PM
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This is hilarious. Why would they have tracking devices on carts that can’t leave the store? They don’t need to know where people are spending time because they know what people have bought. It’s called inventory. But thanks for making me laugh today.

toot Jul 09, 2022 08:29 AM
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What a blessing it must be to be so easily amused. A plastic pinwheel twirling in a gentle breeze, no doubt, entertains you for days.

sbdude Jul 09, 2022 08:37 AM
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If you have the store's app on your phone then that's the tracking device.

paglinsb Jul 09, 2022 10:21 AM
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Smart & Final downtown has automatic wheel lock if you try to take it beyond parking lot. Pricey probably for the company, but cheaper in the long run.

SBStoner Jul 09, 2022 12:26 PM
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Couldn’t you tilt the cart if you really wanted to and pop a wheelie out of there with it?

tagdes Jul 09, 2022 02:18 PM
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They already had those at the Rite Aid on Milpas few years back and quit doing it, so evidently not the the best idea.

Babycakes Jul 09, 2022 04:47 PM
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SB-Stoner: You certainly could do that, but difficult to maintain any kind of balance if you have anything in the cart. Would have to be empty, or you'd have to be quite strong to keep it in "wheelie" position for any length of time (more than say 5-10 minutes). Soon as that pup drops down, wheel is locked. If you really wanted to get into it, you could:
- cut the locking wheel off
- rest the locking wheel on another wheel/cart
- push the cart with the locked wheel (this would be difficult, and would take you a lot of extra time to get to wherever you were planning to go)
- go to Trader Joe's where they have realllllly/reallllllllly nice carts and put the cart with the locking wheel inside the TJ's cart
- possibly load it into the back of a truck/SUV
- other ideas that I have not thought of....

a-1657433930 Jul 09, 2022 11:18 PM
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So does Grocery Outlet on De la Vina. It must be affordable, at the least in the long run. It sure prevents many issues.

a-1657434129 Jul 09, 2022 11:22 PM
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If you or anyone reading this believe this about data collection, and own a smart phone, I hope you brush up on what is and can be collected from you. All of us need to be aware of the lack of privacy of online information; how granular the data may be and how free the legal sharing of it is. Medical data too.

montecito_matt Jul 08, 2022 01:14 PM
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They are going to hold a shopping cart hostage because they found it stolen, ditched in a creek or at a lovely roadside encampment. If stores get fed up, they will take carts away as they really are only a courtesy to shoppers, not guaranteed. Who pays the price then, us of course, the ones that return the carts (or leave them in the parking lot to have the employees collect).

Ahchooo Jul 09, 2022 12:27 PM
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Carts are a courtesy to shoppers? I don’t see it that way. Yes, I suppose we could each have to bring our own cart, which would be a nuisance. But the cart is what allows customers to gather large quantities of merchandise to buy. The carts are not just a courtesy: they allow and encourage people to buy lots of stuff.

chico berkeley Jul 08, 2022 02:19 PM
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We were in Whitehorse Yukon and the store had carts that had a slot to put a "looney" 2$ coin in it to use and it had brakes that would not let it leave the store parking lot perimeter. You got your looney back when you put the cart back in the rack.
I would say 10$ around here would keep carts on premises.
Old tech really.

el_smurfo Jul 08, 2022 03:03 PM
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I've reported an abandoned car on my street several times....never got a sticker, sign or any other notice. The car is inoperable, windows open and full of leaves and dirt from the wind. It has been there for at least a year. Must have been a business giving out plastic straws that caused the full might of the city not to investigate.

Minibeast Jul 08, 2022 03:33 PM
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This is kind of interesting:

a-1657343840 Jul 08, 2022 10:17 PM
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Is it POSSIBLE that when the cart was posted it had items in it, and that the owner of the items took them and left the empty cart?

a-1657374776 Jul 09, 2022 06:52 AM
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There was recently a citizen led drive in the town of Truckee, CA to provide low income residents with high quality shopping carts so they could navigate the rough roadways and harsh weather conditions to carry their things. It was a small thing, but a humanitarian act.

Luvaduck Jul 09, 2022 07:49 AM
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Some stores already put out shopping carts whose wheels cease if moved too far from the store. Grocery Outlet on DelaVina and SantaCruz Mkt on Hollister are two. Outright theft of shopping carts for personal use and shopping carts to transport groceries home then abandoned won't go away until such measures are universal. A segment of our society believes anything not locked tight is up for grabs.

Lucky 777 Jul 09, 2022 09:36 AM
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Every airport has the system where carts cost a coin that is refunded when they are returned to the dock. Pathetic that we have to ask businesses to add the expense of such security. AND that they have to pay to have the carts sanitized after the bums steal them.

Gimli Jul 09, 2022 10:36 AM
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If I were sitting on a bench for over 72 hours, would I get towed away? "Hey!! I was meditating!!"

Basicinfo805 Jul 09, 2022 10:49 AM
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This is a perfect example of how out local SB politics has gone wrong, way wrong. What a joke.

NotReallyDave Jul 09, 2022 04:37 PM
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.City employees will go after shopping cart offenders , but will violate and not enforce zoning laws. It starts at the bottom and goes to the top, and I am not talking about steam from the dogpile.

Gimli Jul 09, 2022 02:39 PM
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The person who gave me an arrow down for my comment has no sense of humor. No wonder SB does not get too many standup comedians here in SB to perform at the SB County Bowl, the Arlington Theater or Granada Theater.

CoastWatch Jul 10, 2022 08:01 AM
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Next in crazy-California- When you STEAL a car, you get a 72 hour timeframe to park it somewhere with the keys in it and walk away... That the City of SB is "processing" these stolen carts is INSANE.

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