1.9 min readBy Published On: November 19th, 2022Categories: News3 Comments

Stop & Shop
713 E Broadway, South Boston, MA 02127
Re: Stop & Shop shopping carts in the South Boston neighborhood

Dear Sir/Madam, 

I am writing today regarding issues related to Stop & Shop’s shopping carts in the South Boston neighborhood. I have received a few complaints from neighbors in South Boston, who have unfortunately experienced multiple incidents wherein either young adults leaving restaurants and bars or teenagers are using shopping carts to careen through the streets. This is very concerning to Councilor Flaherty and I, both from a public safety and personal property perspective. 

One cart with teenagers riding inside recently rode the shopping cart down the pedestrian ramp from the I Street side of the Tynan School down towards the parking lot on East 4th St, subsequently crashing into a neighbor’s new vehicle. This was caught on video outside the Tynan School after midnight. Unfortunately, another cart crashed into their car in the weeks just prior to this video as well. 

We have been following up with Captain Boyle from Boston Police C-6 and Principal Gant at the Tynan School to provide footage from security cameras to the police to pay more attention to the area, as well as the neighbor’s insurance carrier. We have also reached out to other City Departments to see what improvements can be done at the school and at the bottom of the ramp to deter this behavior. 

Meanwhile, in the interest of public safety, personal property and quality of life issues, I would like to respectfully request that Stop & Shop work to address this matter by looking to maintain their shopping carts on-site, perhaps via technological upgrades and an electronic system, and prevent them from being taken off premise. This is an issue that requires multiple partners to work together. We ask that Stop & Shop, as a critical part of the South Boston community, to please step up as a good neighbor and be part of the solution.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our offices directly.

Sincerely,

Ed Flynn (Boston City Council President, District 2)  and Michael Flaherty (Boston City Councilor at-Large)

Recently City Councilor Ed Flynn wrote a letter to Walgreens re: Arbitrary Closings of the Pharmacy

3 Comments

  1. Ben K November 20, 2022 at 9:20 am - Reply

    Why is the this grocery store’s problem to solve? Aren’t all the teens and young adults you cite the ones breaking the law? You respectfully request S&S be a part of the solution, but your whole letter is predicated on the carts being the root of the problem, not the people.

  2. I’m Quite Sure If You Ask… November 21, 2022 at 8:49 am - Reply

    …the Suffolk County DA, he’ll tell you: “There are too many shopping carts on our streets.”

    I’d tell the councilors to look down D St for any “strays”, but…apparently that’s not part of our neighborhood anymore…or…something.

    We just lost thousands of (“potential”) votes (as in “unclear as to how many of these ‘Americans’ are actually even eligible”…but I digress) …pretty much gave them away in the name of “equity”…or….something. But, hey, this letter-writing tear you’re on is impressive.

    Ok, that’s a lie.

    A joke. This HAS to be a joke right now. My God we’re so screwed.

  3. Concerned citizen November 24, 2022 at 7:06 pm - Reply

    This letter is a joke right? How about you spend your time and our tax dollars solving the public health crisis on Mass & Cass instead of worrying about kids on carts.

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