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Shopping Carts

It is unlawful for any person to do any of the following:

  • Remove a shopping cart from the premises or parking area of a business establishment.
  • Leave or abandon a shopping cart at a location other than the premises or parking area of the retail establishment.
  • Alter, convert, or tamper with a shopping cart, or to remove any part or portion thereof or to remove, obliterate or alter serial numbers on a cart.
  • Be in possession of any shopping cart while that cart is not located on the premises or parking lot of a business establishment.

How do shopping carts get abandoned, anyway?

People "borrow" them. But people should know that removing carts from a store's parking lot - or even possessing a cart without the store's permission - is illegal and subject to a substantial fine.

What can residents do?

First, don't be part of the problem. There are many "personal carts" available, and most are inexpensive - much less than the potential fine for taking a store cart!

Why should I report an abandoned shopping cart?

Abandoned shopping carts are an eyesore in the community and actually attract additional litter. More importantly though, they present a danger to children who do not understand the consequences of "playing" with shopping carts.


Citations can be issued for violation of the law. We look forward to a cart-free city and ask for your help to make the program a success!

Municipal Code

Turlock Municipal Code 5-23

Online Citizen Report Form
For questions or concerns about shopping carts, please contact:

Code Enforcement
244 N. Broadway
Turlock, CA 95380
(209) 664-7348
Monday - Friday, 8AM - 5PM

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