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Runaway shopping cart

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  • He detained someone against their will. That is a crime unless he was detaining someone who committed a felony.
  • I say blame the grocery store and their carts, let them deal with it!

    I kid, I kid; have to move out of California...
  • He detained someone against their will. That is a crime unless he was detaining someone who committed a felony.

    Good thing the cops either disagree with you, or don't particularly care when all he did was block her car. She could still have left, which would be a crime in most states, btw.
  • If the paint is not damaged the it can be repaired using PDR. Paintless dent removal as long as there is access on the inside. Costs about $80-100.
  • edited February 2012
    And with a new car, most of the time one has collision insurance. This is certainly not something worth getting angry about.

    "He detained someone against their will. That is a crime unless he was detaining someone who committed a felony." Wow! Bolt out of the blue alert! I was thinking the very same thing, Keith. I guess my post got lost.

    "She could still have left, which would be a crime in most states, btw."

    Well, um, no, it wouldn't. She wasn't DRIVING the shopping cart, btw.
  • Your homeowners or renters policy covers your liability if you cause harm to someone outside of the home. So if auto doesn't cover it, the homeowners should. That's why its important to have a policy even if you don't own much that could be stolen or lost in a fire.
  • Consider that there is likely to be a fairly substantial deductible at least compared to the cost of repairing a small ding. And it counts the same as any claim against your history. Most of the time it makes more sense to just suck it up and pay out of pocket...
  • He detained someone against their will. That is a crime unless he was detaining someone who committed a felony.

    In NH...leaving the scene of an accident IS A FELONY. Not sure if it applies to shopping carts though.
  • Well, um, no, it wouldn't. She wasn't DRIVING the shopping cart, btw.

    Leaving the scene of a property damage accident that you caused without exchanging information, whether you were driving or carelessly hurling shopping carts at cars, is a crime. As you correctly point out, she wasn't driving, which it can be argued takes the actual property crime from careless driving to criminal damage to property / vandalism, as she intentionally shoved the cart at another car.


  • Homeowner's insurance covering something like this? I've never heard of it....hmmmmm....interesting. I have a trick to dealing with shopping carts, doors, rocks, and other things that'll put dings in my car. I don't worry about it! I figure if its going to happen, its going to happen and there's nothing I can do about it except curse a few times and save up money to get it fixed! Also when I go grocery shopping I park a little ways out in the parking lot where you're less likely to get bashed by a shopping cart or a careless driver swinging their door open to hitting the car. It's not completely 100% but lessens the odds of it happening, unless I go into a store at night, then I park closer to the building.
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