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Shopping carts invade Baton Rouge neighborhood

1 year ago January 16, 2014 Jan 16, 2014 Thursday, January 16 2014 Thursday, January 16, 2014 4:14:42 PM CST in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE - There's a problem in the Valley Park community: litter and dozens of shopping carts left abandoned.

The carts are from nearby grocery stores in the area. An empty lot on Balis Street is filled with abandoned shopping carts from Walmart.

"As citizens, we want to keep our neighborhood clean. We want to continue patronizing your store, but work with us. Don't work against us," said Valley Park resident Valencia Jackson.

The carts aren't rolling into the neighborhood by themselves. Residents say people living in the area use the carts to carry groceries home and leave them in vacant lots, instead of taking them back to the store.

According to Metro Council member John Delgado, there are no laws preventing people from walking away with the carts, and there's not a whole lot that can be done because it's a private property issue.

"There are between 50 to 60 baskets between three streets. That's sad," said resident, Vernon Pitcher.

News 2 took these concerns to Walmart. Managers said they weren't aware of the abandoned carts, but said they would take care of the issue by Friday.

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