Pavilions WeHo supermarket at 8969 Santa Monica Boulevard is experiencing a shortage of shopping carts, which is believed to be tied to homeless issues in West Hollywood, says the general manager of the store. Most of the smaller-sized shopping carts have been stolen with only 14 out of 100 of those particular carts currently in stock at the store.
The issue was brought up to West Hollywood Mayor Lauren Meister, City Manager David Wilson, and West Hollywood Sheriff Deputies via an email by WeHo resident Jerome Cleary.
“On Wednesday December 22, 2021, I was at Pavilions and was still wondering why there are so few smaller shopping carts, and when I asked one of the workers there, they said that most of them were stolen,” reads Cleary’s email. “When I inquired further I was told they originally had 100 of the smaller carts but only now have 14 from the original 100 carts. I was then inside Pavilions to confirm this with Craig the assistant manager, and he said yes. When I asked when they were getting new ones, he told me they ordered them in July, but there have been delays, so they would not be arriving until March 2022.”
Cleary also described an altercation he witnessed between a security guard and an unhoused person inside the store where the African American security guard was called a racial slur numerous times. “Really? This is what our city has turned into? I really need and the residents need our City of West Hollywood’s response to these two things ASAP,” he said.
Mayor Meister thanked Cleary for informing the city on the issues. She added that the store should report the thefts, presumably to WeHo Sheriffs.
The General Manager at Pavilions WeHo, Leticia Perez, confirmed that the majority of their smaller carts have been stolen from their lot. She said the carts automatically lock when they are removed from the parking lot, however, the smaller carts have still gone missing.
Perez told WEHO TIMES that she did not want to pin point missing carts as a direct result of the growing homelessness in West Hollywood, however, she said she did not rule it out. In most cases, shopping carts are used by the unhoused to transport their personal belongings.
Perez also confirmed that she ordered the smaller shopping carts and does not expect them to arrive until some time in March.