We live within walking distance of a WalMart and a junior high school. It's a bad combination. Kids walking home from school often grab a WalMart cart to push their friends home in. Sometimes they have cart races down a long hill. Do the kids return the cart to the store? Nope. They park the cart in front of someone's house. When the elementary school kids come home, they push the cart around some more, and said cart ends up on its side in someone's lawn. Don't try to tell me that doesn't look trashy. I have never seen a WalMart cart used as a lawn ornament in Better Homes and Gardens magazine.
When this first started happening, I put the WalMart customer service number on speed dial. When I saw a cart, I'd call the number. But I noticed that the carts stayed there. No one came to pick them up. Other neighbors called the police when they saw kids pushing WalMart carts into the neighborhood. The police were willing to help with the problem. After all, the carts are worth at least $250 each. But WalMart is too friendly to press charges for stealing carts. They're also too friendly to put up a sign that says, "Please don't take shopping carts out of the parking lot and leave them in your neighbor's lawn." Alas, they aren't friendly enough to come get their carts.
So what do you think we should do with all the carts? Cart Henge? Cart Triathalon? Any other ideas?