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KEEPING YOUR CARTS

The standard price of a shopping cart is between $100 and $150. And somehow, those carts get, uh, carted off if a store is not careful enough. One method to prevent theft is the Cart Anti-theft Protection System (CAPS), which is a plastic cap that locks the wheel when it passes over a magnetic field. The store’s employee can unlock it electronically. Some stores encourage customers to return carts to their designated place with a coin deposit that is only returned once the cart is locked back into place. This is more common abroad than in the U.S., although Pathmark in Monsey used to have a coin deposit system. Many retailers use a cart retrieval service, which returns carts found off premises to the store for a fee. Some stores mount poles that are taller than the store’s entrance on the carts to make sure they never leave their premises. However, it also prevents customers from carting their merchandise out of the store.

NOT ALL THAT SAFE Unfortunately cartrelated injuries in children are high. Some stores keep children restrained and entertained with different exciting features, such as steering wheels; fire engine, car or truck designs; or even a proper bike!

The sanitary conditions of carts leave much to be desired (50% of carts fail a basic hygienic test), and children should not be allowed to lick or chew the cart handles.

Some stores offer sanitary wipes, or use cart cleaning systems, that give your cart a mini-car wash, eliminating most of the germs and bacteria.

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