Shopping carts visible on Google Earth

By Wareham By The Sea | Apr 25, 2018
Photo by: WBTS Shopping carts visible on Google Earth

I'm not saying we need a law or fines or anything like that.  I'm just showing everybody that there is some validity in the claim that there are stray shopping carts.


Look at the picture I found immediately on Google Earth.

Comments (15)
Posted by: Andrea Smith | Apr 25, 2018 10:48

No one at Town Meeting questioned the fact that some store shopping carts have been removed from store property and then abandoned in some areas around town. What was questioned was the exaggerated number of abandoned shopping carts that was stated.

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Apr 25, 2018 11:20

I know, but some are stating that there are no shopping carts abandoned.  Like the issue entirely doesn't exist.


Yes, that was exaggerated at the meeting.  I can attest to the fact that there are very few in the woods behind the old Walmart.  That was the context of the "billions" statement at the meeting.   As I commented earlier, shopping carts don't roll well when they are not on pavement.  Very few will muscle them over railroad tracks and through the woods on the roots, rocks, & dirt.  It's just not feasible.  Plus that homeless camp has dissolved.  Its a non-issue to even talk about it back there anymore.


I just quickly went on Google Earth this morning and selected Street View.  I only put one picture up.  There are a bunch more.  It was funny how many shopping carts were captured in just a 1/4 mile section of rt 28.  There's a bunch between Silver Lake and where Hong Kong was.



Posted by: Spherebreaker | Apr 25, 2018 11:41

No where in bylaw did it say that the criminals removing someone's property from their property would be prosecuted. I hope the stores post on each cart that anyone removing the cart from the property will be prosecuted.  Using the logic of this bylaw would have me being fined if my car were stolen and left on side of road without anyone telling me where it was. I foresee a lawsuit if fines are imposed.

Posted by: WWreader | Apr 25, 2018 12:34

Of course that's not in the bylaw. Stealing a cart is illegal and we have a police department that should uphold the law against theft already in place. It's kind of hard to hide a cart when it is being stolen so it should not be much of a challenge for our police department.

Posted by: cranky pants | Apr 25, 2018 13:21

Not for nothing, but hasn't it always been illegal to steal carts ? If so, we can see how high priority it was for the police to uphold that law before the new bylaw so what change is warranted ?

As law abiding citizens is it now our civic duty to call the police if we see someone pushing a carriage down the road ? Can I place someone under citizen's arrest ? Where is the line drawn ?

Posted by: greycat | Apr 25, 2018 14:58

Hidden in this nonsense is a small business of Cart Retrieval for some enterprising youngster with a flatbed trailer. perhaps thr town could offer a business license and some sign regulations for him or her and issue some special dispensation from the Conservation folks to go into the wetlands and get the carts.  Please return the ones with the square wheels, shimmies, shakes and rattles and pulling to the right or left to good old stop and shop third world grocery stores.

Gotta love this place!!!

Posted by: wtbarber | Apr 26, 2018 21:55

This might be visible from google earth too, but from satellite view.  Walmart woods stream.

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Apr 27, 2018 09:41

Wow WTBARBER!  There goes my theory on rolling carts through the woods!  Although that path looks fairly firm.  It actually looks like those carts were used to make a bridge to get across that stream.  What a mess!  Who will ever go out there to clean that up?

Posted by: wtbarber | Apr 27, 2018 10:28

I'll gladly do it . . . if I can take them somewhere.  The other side of the brook to old onset ave is privately owned and has been used as a landfill.  Wareham Land Trust did an amazing job cleaning up the woods from walmart to the brook.  We live in such an amazing place geographically.  It hurts to see people trash such a beautiful spot.


Posted by: cranky pants | Apr 27, 2018 11:32

Those carts have been in that brook forever. In fact, they used to form a bridge across but the hurricane of 1938 wiped that out. It was rebuilt but got damaged from the no name storm.

I've often wondered who I need to contact to get a dump sticker for the place WTBarber had mentioned... It's a nice and quiet little dump and by the looks of it they take everything and anything.

Posted by: wtbarber | Apr 27, 2018 14:28

I've lived in the area 9 years and those were definitely installed within the last 5 years.  I believe most of the carts were used by homeless people living in the abandoned house (off old onset ave) that burned up July 2016?   It was a 3 or 4 alarm fire and there wasn't a peep mentioned in the paper.

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Apr 27, 2018 14:29

Was that the fire that burned the abandoned house behind Lopes Playground?  Does that lead back there?

Posted by: wtbarber | Apr 27, 2018 20:11

WBTS - That was a different house.  Follow Midway st. from onset ave  into the woods.   There was a house back there.

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Apr 28, 2018 08:03

Barber- got ya.  I found it on Google Earth.   there's a foundation.  there is a lot of junk visible out there.  Now I'm curious and may check it out for real on a nice day.  Is it safe to go back there?

Posted by: wtbarber | Apr 28, 2018 18:14

Yeah.  It's safe.

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