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Another laundry cart gone

  • 1.  Another laundry cart gone

    Posted 7 days ago
    Edited by Curt Harrington 7 days ago
    What on earth do people steal laundry carts for?
    What practical use do they have other than moving clothes around before they are folded?
    I mean what kind of person does this?
    Every once in a while they walk down the street but almost all are loaded into vehicles.
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    Curt Harrington
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  • 2.  RE: Another laundry cart gone

    Posted 7 days ago
    Some people steal just because they can.  No rationale behind it.

    I lose about 1 cart per year.  I have no idea what they do with it.

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    Joe C.
    Store Owner
    Happy Bubbles Laundromat
    North Hollywood, CA
    www.BubblesCoin.com
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  • 3.  RE: Another laundry cart gone

    Posted 7 days ago
    ​When they are stolen here they sell them to the local Pawn Shop, or other Laundromats. I have found several, blocks away, or in my customers carports.

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    Mike B
    Multi Store Owner
    Sunny Palm Harbor Florida
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  • 4.  RE: Another laundry cart gone

    Posted 7 days ago
    Ha! I've found them in a competitors Laundrymat in the next city 4 miles away. Found them in a city 10 miles away. Didn't check the creeks or flea markets.

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    Harry Pruyn
    Solano Cleaning Center
    1219 Solano Ave.
    Albany, Ca
    510 524-0254
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  • 5.  RE: Another laundry cart gone

    Posted 7 days ago
    I had some decals printed up that fit on the crossbar that say property of XYZ laundromat, please return to 123 main st. English on one side, Spanish on the other. I don't think I've lost one since.

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    Brad Seder
    Brad Seder Person
    Santa Rosa CA
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  • 6.  RE: Another laundry cart gone

    Posted 7 days ago
    I've found that there are many reasons for cart thefts.  Here are my findings in order of my popular reasons.

    1) Other Laundromat owners.
    2) Customers who use them for cribs.
    3) Customers who use them for tool storage.
    4) Customers who are walking and can't carry their load of clean clothes.
    5) Customers or outsiders who steal to sell.
    6) Homeless to carry their possessions.
    7) Teenagers with nothing else to do.
    8) Kids building race carts  They like the frame.

    I suggest drilling a small hole on the bottom of the base and putting in a pop rivet. Make a drawing showing this mark and have it witnessed. This will help the police recover your carts.

    Signage is good for carts rolled around the neighborhood, but other Laundromat owners will remove these signs or the part to which they are attached.

    The majority of carts are not stolen from inside Laundromats but in the parking lot or outside the back door. Use pole extensions or collect them frequently when someone leaves them outside the store.

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    Larry Larsen
    Laundromat123.com
    Anaheim, CA
    Distributor - Insurance - Consulting
    Cell: (714) 390-9969
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  • 7.  RE: Another laundry cart gone

    Posted 7 days ago
    I actually use a die grinder and carbide carving ball and carve my store name, address and phone number into the bottom frame, upright poles and cross bar. That's how I recovered a cart some 8 miles away from the store. Someone saw it on the sidewalk and called me.

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    Harry Pruyn
    Solano Cleaning Center
    1219 Solano Ave.
    Albany, Ca
    510 524-0254
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  • 8.  RE: Another laundry cart gone

    Posted 6 days ago
    To deter theft I:

    • Spray blue paint on the lower frame for carts that go on the floor and red paint for attendants carts (To discourage competitors from stealing them)
    • Engrave my business name and phone number on the bottom of the cart
    • Install a sign both sides in the bottom area advertising my business and phone number.


    Knock on wood: I have lost zero carts since I took those steps.  Most carts I lost were customer wheeling their laundry back to their apartment (They had no car) and then brought it back 5 days later.

    Thanks, Mike



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    Michael Nemetz
    Michael Nemetz Person
    San Francisco CA
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  • 9.  RE: Another laundry cart gone

    Posted 4 days ago
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    Everstrong laser etches our  logo on our bases which is a permanate marking.  For the right size order we can etch the customer information

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    Joe Kaminsky
    Everstrong Commercial Products
    MEMPHIS TN
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