When poverty is on the rise, so too, is shopping cart theft. And as we all know from the increase in public boning due to high rents, it’s pretty clear that the financial state of Bushwick is in disarray for the have-nots of the neighborhood. And when a shopping cart is one’s sole means for collecting cans for a redemption (both financial and spiritual, obviously), things tend to get pretty ugly pretty fast when there’s a short supply.
Even locking your cart up doesn’t ensure it’s safe in this town anymore. One anonymous shopping cart thief was candid with The Burning Bush about his or her cutthroat approach to stealing from the poor to make himself richer. “I gotta do me in this life. I can’t worry about how hard someone else worked to steal their shopping cart from a Target parking lot when I’m working just as hard to steal what they stole.”
The shopping cart has many uses apart from just carting your booty (both ass and pirate’s) from one place to another, it’s also an efficient form of transportation for those freelancers wishing to save money on train fare. Moreover, if you put a sheet over the cart, it essentially becomes a one bedroom apartment. The Burning Bush supposes that’s why these four-wheelers are such hot commodities in these trying economic times.
Written by Genna Rivieccio