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This summer heat can take its toll on a cart. Even under the shade of the greenway trees, the heat coupled with the exhaust from the excessive Ocean Parkway traffic is enough to melt my plastic.

It’s not easy rolling around with all this water. What do these people think I am? A camel? Shoot, I’m not even a Hippo Water Roller. At least that thing makes carrying water “meta” efficient. I hate to admit it, but this has got to be the most inefficient way of getting water out to the thirsty.

Used to be that I would come in stacked high with bottles and by the end of the day, I could get some relief on the roll home when all the bottles were gone. But, my job out here doesn’t seem to be worth the effort now that the recession is causing dwindling sales of bottled water.

I don’t want to be dragged out of the cool garage where I could be resting all day. So, they whet my appetite for public service by telling me that I’m helping parched people stay hydrated — until I realized that this ain’t the middle of the desert!

At first, they christened me as the “Ocean Parkway Water Carrier” and smashed a bottle of Perrier on my front side. That made me feel all important thinking I was some huge ocean carrier with some precious cargo on board. But, then I heard some smart aleck pedestrian reciting the official definition of water carrier and I realized that I was neither a person, a ship, or even a pipe or duct for conveying water.  No, I wasn’t a ship at all. I’m a shopping cart filled with unwanted plastic bottles.

Now that the TapIt Water project is getting everyone on the band wagon of filling their own bottles with tap water, who needs me? Even the bicyclists riding down the greenway bring their own bottles. I would have been better off carting produce in an air conditioned megastore.

Really, I don’t think I can last the whole summer like this. If you’re driving down Ocean Parkway and I come rolling into your vehicle, don’t be surprised. Just let’s just hope your insurance covers collisions with suicidal water carriers.

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  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

    I thought this was a entrepreneurial shopping cart. But obviously this is just slave labor again. All I have to say is this shopping cart should make a bolt for freedom. As should all the bottle water slaves. It’s insane that people waste their money buying what is available right in your kitchen, and much cheaper. NYC water is the best in the world, and possibly healthier than Perrier.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001/ Lisanne!

    I thought this was a entrepreneurial shopping cart. But obviously this is just slave labor again. All I have to say is this shopping cart should make a bolt for freedom. As should all the bottle water slaves. It’s insane that people waste their money buying what is available right in your kitchen, and much cheaper. NYC water is the best in the world, and possibly healthier than Perrier.

  • http://sanzay-humor.blogspot.com/ Alex

    Good point about tap water Lisanne!
    Looks like people around this blog do not like stolen shopping carts, but does anyone know about retailer-side opinion? I tried to get one cart back to Pathmark @ Cropsey Avenue but it was a challenge of getting through the ignorance. Any ideas?

  • http://sanzay-humor.blogspot.com Alex

    Good point about tap water Lisanne!
    Looks like people around this blog do not like stolen shopping carts, but does anyone know about retailer-side opinion? I tried to get one cart back to Pathmark @ Cropsey Avenue but it was a challenge of getting through the ignorance. Any ideas?

  • Anonymous

    True story Alex.
    I tried to get staples ( Ocean Ave. &-Ave.X) to get one off my corner that was there for days.
    The manager said he can’t send anyone for it.
    I said I would put it in the middle of the street and he did not care.
    I called the main office and it was gone.

  • clare

    True story Alex.
    I tried to get staples ( Ocean Ave. &-Ave.X) to get one off my corner that was there for days.
    The manager said he can’t send anyone for it.
    I said I would put it in the middle of the street and he did not care.
    I called the main office and it was gone.

  • Anonymous

    P.S.
    He suggested I walk it over. ROFLOL.

  • clare

    P.S.
    He suggested I walk it over. ROFLOL.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

    Alex – Even before Stop and Shop put signs up at the checkout counters they would send a van out to collect carts that were spotted by customers. Waldbaum’s did it at one time, but I do not know whether they still will.

    It seems a lot of managers are short-staffed and have difficulty sending people out to get the carts.

    The water system in NYC has always been planning ahead. We exceeded the purification requirements when they were first enacted and continued over the years to add to the mix. When the water is clean the chemicals are removed, so our water is pure. Other water systems leave residues.

    I’ve been to several of our reservoirs. They are awesome sights.

    Clare – At least you tried. I find the sheer number of carts I see overwhelming.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001/ Lisanne!

    Alex – Even before Stop and Shop put signs up at the checkout counters they would send a van out to collect carts that were spotted by customers. Waldbaum’s did it at one time, but I do not know whether they still will.

    It seems a lot of managers are short-staffed and have difficulty sending people out to get the carts.

    The water system in NYC has always been planning ahead. We exceeded the purification requirements when they were first enacted and continued over the years to add to the mix. When the water is clean the chemicals are removed, so our water is pure. Other water systems leave residues.

    I’ve been to several of our reservoirs. They are awesome sights.

    Clare – At least you tried. I find the sheer number of carts I see overwhelming.

  • Anna M.

    As someone who used to live in California (the tap water there is disgusting; tastes like chlorine!), I can definitely agree that New York’s water is something to be thankful for. All of those plastic bottles can’t be good for the environment, anyway.

    As for this picture, I can’t be sure, but aren’t all those bottles full? Why would someone abandon that?

  • Anna M.

    As someone who used to live in California (the tap water there is disgusting; tastes like chlorine!), I can definitely agree that New York’s water is something to be thankful for. All of those plastic bottles can’t be good for the environment, anyway.

    As for this picture, I can’t be sure, but aren’t all those bottles full? Why would someone abandon that?

  • ACW

    Good riddance to disposal water bottles. Go on a nature walk into any tidal wetland and what will you find? Plastic water bottles (and other no-deposit containers) washed up at the high tide line. I can’t recall if the new Bigger Better Bottle Bill is adding a deposit for these bottles; if not, ask your elected officials in Albany to push for it. Used to find soda/beer cans and bottles out there, but no more; either they are returned directly by consumers, homeless collect them for income, etc. H2O is H20; tastes off, use a carbon filter!

  • ACW

    Good riddance to disposal water bottles. Go on a nature walk into any tidal wetland and what will you find? Plastic water bottles (and other no-deposit containers) washed up at the high tide line. I can’t recall if the new Bigger Better Bottle Bill is adding a deposit for these bottles; if not, ask your elected officials in Albany to push for it. Used to find soda/beer cans and bottles out there, but no more; either they are returned directly by consumers, homeless collect them for income, etc. H2O is H20; tastes off, use a carbon filter!

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