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When we first met our “owner”, she introduced herself as a Ukrainian immigrant and said she needed us to help her out for a couple of hours.

She said she had some personal effects that needed to be hauled over to a new address. So, we figured that we could offer a helping hand. When we realized that the poor lady had been unable to pay her rent, lost her  apartment, and had her few remaining belongings in these plastic bags, we felt very sad for her — but, we were wondering how we could have gotten involved in this situation. We did feel bad for her having to live on the streets as a homeless person, but it was short-lived when we realized that we were nothing but beasts of burden to her.

Night and day she leaves us parked out on the street in front of the Connie Lekas School (P.S. 811K) as if she doesn’t know us. She prefers to stay under the shelter of the Pathmark store bottle redemption center just across the street.

A couple of weeks ago, we spoke to a passerby with hopes that they would rescue us from this life. Instead, the person called 3-1-1 to help our “owner”. Some nice people from the NYC Coalition for the Homeless came by right after the 3-1-1 call and spoke to her, but she said that she didn’t want  to go a shelter. They said they would come by and check up on her in the future, but they never even asked us what we wanted.

If you’re in the neighborhood doing some shopping or dropping the kids off to school, maybe you’re up for a little rescue. You can find us near 2525 Haring St. Don’t even bother asking our owner anything about the cargo. Just take the load off, drop it across the street and we’ll make a roll for it. Hope to see you, soon.

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  • http://www.antsrants.webs.com/ Anthony

    Have no fear, innocent shopping carts! I am currently concocting an elaborate plan to secure your freedom ala “The Great Escape” with Steve McQueen. I promise to unburden you of those cumbersome loads which clearly exceed your maximum weight limits. You will soon roll freely devoid of shackles once again!

    On a separate note, I am glad to see these two shopping carts getting along so well despite the obvious cultural differences. Biases and prejudice has long existed between classic metal carts and their modern equivalent with the molded plastic basket. Perhaps, the horrors of their captivity has brought a new found level of understanding and common ground between the two.

  • http://www.antsrants.webs.com Anthony

    Have no fear, innocent shopping carts! I am currently concocting an elaborate plan to secure your freedom ala “The Great Escape” with Steve McQueen. I promise to unburden you of those cumbersome loads which clearly exceed your maximum weight limits. You will soon roll freely devoid of shackles once again!

    On a separate note, I am glad to see these two shopping carts getting along so well despite the obvious cultural differences. Biases and prejudice has long existed between classic metal carts and their modern equivalent with the molded plastic basket. Perhaps, the horrors of their captivity has brought a new found level of understanding and common ground between the two.

  • northpix

    Have you nothing better to do than put things online making fun of homeless people? I pray to God that you never end up there. And before you ask, yes I do have a sense of humor but with the way things are going in this country and around the world this is just plain insensitive and hurtful. There. I’ve had my say. HAVE AT ME!

  • northpix

    Have you nothing better to do than put things online making fun of homeless people? I pray to God that you never end up there. And before you ask, yes I do have a sense of humor but with the way things are going in this country and around the world this is just plain insensitive and hurtful. There. I’ve had my say. HAVE AT ME!