Abandoned shopping carts create eyesore for furious residents

Abandoned Shopping cart

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Residents in a Davidson County community say abandoned shopping carts have become an eyesore around their neighborhood and they want to know what’s being done to fix the problem.

News 2 drove around the south Nashville community Friday and noticed dozens of shopping carts on sidewalks, behind shopping centers and along the edge of many busy streets such as Wallace Road, Harding Place and Nolensville Pike.

Concerned and frustrated residents like Vincent Jones said the abandoned carts are an eyesore.

“Why can’t the stores come pick them up,” said Jones.

The abandoned shopping carts come from an array of stores throughout the area, but a majority of them come from the Walmart along Harding Place and Nolensville Pike.

News 2 reached out to Metro Councilman Chris Harmon about the issue. In an email to News 2, the District 26 Councilman said the matter is being examined.

“I have left a message for the manager of the Walmart to inquire why the carts are not being picked up by the store. I have also asked the council staff to research whether the city can compel Walmart to retrieve the carts or issue fines to recoup the cost to the city of retrieving them,” said Harmon.

Resident Willie Ginn; however, feels Walmart should do more to stop control the problem.

“I mean if Walmart was a fair store they would just have somebody come and just take them back,” said Ginn.

Walmart Stores Inc. spokeswoman Erin Hofmann released the following statement about the abandoned shopping cart problem.

“We always appreciate the feedback from our customers and ways that we can better serve our community. We are aware of the issue and working on implementing a containment system to help prevent shopping carts from being removed from the property. We apologize for any inconvenience to our customers.”

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