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Letters: Solving L.A.'s shopping-cart problem

May 24, 2012

Re "L.A.'s war on shopping carts," Editorial, May 20

I walk to the store to do grocery shopping for the week. Because I cannot possibly get all these groceries on the bus or carry them home, what will the city do for me? Offer free taxi vouchers?

If the mayor thinks requiring locking mechanisms on shopping cart wheels will boost his popularity, he should think again and get busy revoking this ordinance.

Lori Graham

Los Angeles

I like shopping at Aldi grocery stores, a German-based chain with many locations in the U.S. You don't have to worry about hitting a shopping cart in the parking lot.

How do they do it? Simple: To get a cart, you insert a quarter. When you return your cart, you get your quarter back. If you don't return your cart, someone else will and will take the quarter. Perhaps a dollar coin would work even better.

Too bad other stores don't adopt this plan. It would solve the problem L.A. is trying to address.

Arthur C. Donart

Thomson, Ill.


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