Monday, December 24, 2007

My Ricochet Brain Brings You a Shopping-related Post


What to post, what to post, on this Christmas Eve? I'm saving something special for Christmas Day, at least I think it's special--hope you do, too.

After the local and national news stories about the lack of shoppers today, and all through the season since Black Friday's good start, I wonder--have I photographed something related to shopping, other than decorated store windows? I know, that photo I almost missed on Dec. 8, while walking east on NW Everett!

I'd first seen and heard the vehicle and its trailer at the corner of NW 21st and Everett, but my D50 was still in my rolling red bag. Drat! I quickly got the camera out and slung it around my neck. I'd be ready next time; I had a feeling I'd get my chance.

Fifteen minutes later, I recognized the rattling sound of the cart-filled trailer in the nick of time.

Now for the explanation. In response to a state law that takes effect Jan. 1, I figure that retailers in my neighborhood must have begun their cart retrieval campaigns. According to the law, retailers could be fined $50 per abandoned cart. I'd be paying some company a reasonable fee to troll for carts, too, at that price--there's at least two dozen in the pickup bed and on the trailer. It matters not that some retailers, like Fred Meyer, have some sort of wheel-locking thing installed in their carts to keep them close by, folks push and pull carts all over the place. Read an article I found in the local daily about it here.

I'm curious. Is there a law such as this in your city?


photowannabe said...

I don't think we have any law like that one but if it solves the abandoned cart problem its a good one. Except the cost will probably be passed on to us in the form of higher prices.
Lynette, I want to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year.

Olivier said...

Je te souhaite un JOYEUX NOEL, et amedée souhaite un JOYEUX NOEL a mister Flat Stanley.

I wish you a MERRY CHRISTMAS, and amedée wants a MERRY CHRISTMAS for mister Flat Stanley.

pusa said...

wishing you and your family the love, blessings, and warmest cheers of the holidays. mErRy ChRiStMaS!!!

i heart manila

'JoAnn's-Digital-Eyes' said...

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Christmas greetings from JoAnn

Dick said...

Hi Lynette

Have a very nice Christmas, thank you for your wishes.

Me said...

Warm wishes to you and yours for a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


Jim said...

A fee for an abandoned cart? Is that a big problem up there? I heard years ago about alarms on carts that sounded if taken off the property grounds. Merry Christmas,

Lilli & Nevada said...

I have not heard of that law at all.
We have a lot of them around here, find them in the canals when they shut the water off.
Can't wait for tomorrow to see what you have.
Hope your having a good Christmas Eve
Merry Christmas.

Halcyon said...

There does not appear to be an abandonned cart problem here in Jackson. But that is probably because no one here walks further than from their car to the Wal-Mart.