SF retail grocer devises method to prevent the stealing of shopping carts

SF retail grocer devises method to prevent the stealing of shopping carts

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An employee at a Market Street Safeway told NBC Bay Area that dozens of shopping carts have been stolen recently. Published reports say as many as 160 have been taken in the past few weeks.

Now, shoppers can only use the carts inside. Large poles attached to the carts are designed to prevent anyone from trying to take the carts through the front doors.

“Yeah, this store in particular has been hit pretty hard,” Jim Sartori of San Francisco said. “It’s been several weeks now that [there’s] zero carts. That’s a problem.”

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Retail crime has long been a problem in San Francisco, but lately retailers say it’s been getting worse.

“I love my neighborhood, but the stuff that I’ve seen happening in these parklets, like the fights, the drug use, the harassment, it’s not good,” Jhia Jackson of San Francisco said.

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