An app for pesky shopping carts

Council member Moses Zapien writes:

“I read your blog yesterday (see item, below) in response to a citizen complaint about shopping carts in the city (see below). I wanted to make you aware that the Legislation Committee met yesterday and one of the items on our agenda was to discuss the issue of abandoned/stolen shopping carts in our city.

“The discussion at the Committee meeting focused on a proposal to use technology—specifically, the use of an IPhone app called CartSnap that citizens can utilize to report lost or abandoned shopping carts.

“Once downloaded, the app allows citizens to “snap” a photo of the shopping cart and send the photo, the GPS coordinates of the photo, the store name (if entered), the date and time you took the photo, and your name and email (if signed up for a CartSnap account), and automatically connects the reporting of it to several private cart retrieval businesses in the city.

“Through this approach, there are no direct costs to the city, it frees up public resources to focus on other priorities, promotes citizen engagement, and finds a private sector solution to deal with an issue of public concern.”

It works for me — if there are indeed private cart retreival businesses in the city. I’m sure Mr. Martin (see item, below) would burn up the app, reporting errant shopping carts.

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