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The town of Milipitas, California, has, in recent years, experienced such a scourge of abandoned shopping carts littering its streets it's been forced to inflict a $1,000 fine on stores that don't institute shopping cart retrieval programs. "Under the city's shopping cart ordinance, City of Milpitas can notify the owner of any abandoned carts owned or used by a Milpitas business within 24 hours of impoundment. The cart's owner will have three business days from the date of the notification to retrieve carts. Any owner that fails to retrieve its abandoned carts within that time can be asked to pay the administrative costs for retrieving the carts.
In addition, the city's ordinance notes that stores failing to submit a shopping cart retrieval plan to the city within a specified time frame may be subject to a $1,000 civil penalty, plus an additional penalty of $50 for each day of noncompliance." [San Jose Mercury News]