Letter: Who owns stolen shopping carts?

"Being enablers does not seem to reduce the homeless problem. Our civic leaders are grasping at straws."

To the editor:

Kelowna loves auctions. The city has a new idea to auction stolen buggies. When does the bidding start? What price — 50 cents, $5?

Another idea comes to mind. Empty the buggies and store the contents if applicable. Clean and return the buggies to their rightful owners (Safeway, Nester’s, Extra Foods, Independent, Winners, etc). The buggy may have cost those business’s up to $300 when new.

The contents are of questionable value. There may be a quilt or two (made by a granny and donated to charity), some toiletries and possibly drug paraphernalia. The “owner” may well have replaced these ‘possessions’ and moved on with a new collection of stuff.

Where is a realistic solution to be found? Being enablers does not seem to reduce the problem. Our civic leaders are grasping at straws. Interception at an early age — or stage — may prevent this cancerous growth on our society.

Are there any realistic solutions to this problem? The human behind the buggy may be glad to get off the merry-go-round. Otherwise, this circus will go on forever.

M.F. Wort, Kelowna

 

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