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    Posted February 12, 2014 by
    Knoxville, Tennessee
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Shopping carts in the wild

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    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Ryn remembered finding abandoned shopping carts near a creek in her hometown of Knoxville, Tennessee, when she was a child and decided to return to the creek for the purposes of this assignment to see if there were any still there. The creek, she says, is behind a shopping center, and there is a footbridge that makes it easier for senior citizens in a neaby retirement home to cart their purchases from the shopping center back to their homes. "They [shop] and then leave their carts on the other side of the bridge," she said. "The carts often end up in the creek by chance or by vandalism."
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    While visiting my home town of Knoxville, Tennessee I wanted to try to locate some 'shopping carts gone wild'.
    After riding around for a while in shopping center parking lot's I noticed most carts were treated nicely and had not gone wild.
    We knew a creek ran along side and in back of the KMart , so we started following the waterway .Sure enough my sister and I saw several mistreated, abused and abandoned shopping carts or 'Buggies' as we call them in Tennessee. Noticing a walking bridge across the creek for the residence of a Senior Apartment Complex, the carts seemingly were used to carry groceries or merchandise from the KMart back to the complex and then returned as far as the creek and dumped.

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