Jul 2, 2012 6:24 AM by AP
HOUMA, La. (AP) - Terrebonne Parish grocers are now responsible for shopping carts that people take from the store and abandon.
The Terrebonne Parish Council passed an ordinance last week requiring stores to put their names on the carts and making them pay to get back carts picked up by the Public Works Department, The Courier reported.
The ordinance also makes stores responsible for any shopping carts abandoned on public property.
"My mother has run into these things before. Thank God, she was all right. But that situation could have been worse," Councilman John Navy said.
Police Chief Todd Duplantis said in an email to the newspaper that people caught taking the carts will be booked with unauthorized removal of a shopping cart, a misdemeanor.
Representatives from local stores wouldn't discuss the issue publicly or couldn't be reached for comment, The Courier said.
Tricia Autin said people who live near her storage company regularly leave shopping carts on her parking lot because they know it's illegal to keep them.
"We call the stores. They never come get them. Therefore, the parish will get no money from these stores to get their carts back. Pointless," she said.