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Bugged about buggies: How TRU students roll at Walmart

Frank Alpino made a trek to TRU to collect missing Walmart buggies today with a co-worker.
December 03, 2013 - 2:28 PM

'THEY WON'T BRING THEM BACK'

KAMLOOPS - It's a pretty easy trip down Hillside Drive from Walmart to the TRU campus—easier still with a Walmart buggy.

Going back up? That's a whole different story. Just ask the Walmart employees who, every week or so, head down to student residences, collect store property, and hike them uphill back to the store.

"Technically it's stealing," says Frank Alpino of Walmart's store standards department who made the trek up the icy Hillside Drive today with a co-worker. "They're expensive."

They scoured the TRU Residence and Conference Centre — campus dorms known as 'New Res' — to collect missing shopping carts. Luckily, they have a machine to help push the carts back to their rightful place atop the hill above the university. This time they found eight. Two weeks ago they found 35.

Bundled in a toque, mittens, fluffy jacket and reflective vest, Alpino called the buggy-trek a 'pain' — especially considering they can only wheel eight carts at a time.

"They won't bring them back," Alpino says. "We don't have a choice."

While he doesn't expect a crack-down on the students anytime soon, he asks but one kindness as the weather gets colder — please return your buggy.

To contact a reporter for this story, email: jwallace@infotelnews.ca, call: (250) 319-7494 or tweet: @jess__wallace

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