One Shopping Cart

March 24, 2014

An abandoned shopping cart by the bay in Ocean City, Maryland-looking from the front.

Copyright 2014 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

A quick search on the internet yielded approximately nine different companies that manufacture shopping carts.  It also appears that it would be difficult to estimate the number of carts currently in use in the United States as there are so many stores that provide them for their customers.

An abandoned shopping cart by the bay in Ocean City, Maryland.

Copyright 2014 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

This one of them.

An abandoned shopping cart by the bay in Ocean City, Maryland-looking from behind the cart.

Copyright 2014 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

Customer use while shopping no longer appears to be this one’s primary purpose…

An abandoned shopping cart by the bay in Ocean City, Maryland-looking at the front wheels.

Copyright 2014 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

which is perhaps just as well.  This particular cart appears to have spent far too much time being rolled over surfaces not as smooth as the floors found in most stores.  Given that shopping carts are used for more than just shopping and the wear-and-tear incurred from such use, it was heartening to see that there is also a market for recycling shopping carts.  National Cart Co. reports that it “…recycles over 100,000 shopping carts per year…” and that these are also available for purchase.  Perhaps this cart could be refurbished if it is not as yet beyond salvage. 

Take care.

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