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Hemet considers new law for shopping carts

September 6, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
The city of Hemet is considering a tough new ordinance aimed at keeping grocery carts where they belong: in the parking lots of grocery stores. City leaders said abandoned grocery carts throughout the city are a public nuisance and leave a bad impression.

Hemet already has a shopping cart ordinance, but the new one would force retailers to have either electronic wheel locks on their carts or have a contract with a company that retrieves them.

In addition to fines, the city may give tax breaks or other incentives to stores that manage to keep carts on their lots.

The Green Coalition is working with city leaders and local business owners to draft the ordinance. The proposal could be passed before the end of the year.