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?