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Chuck Yarborough learns respect for the shopping cart

Ever wonder what it’s like to repair shopping carts? Me neither, but here you go!


Chuck at work. Photo by Lynn Ischay/The Plain Dealer.

Mike Cool — honest, that’s his name — is the operations manager for Omni’s Mentor office. Among other things, he’s in charge of the two crews in Ohio — out of 20 or so nationwide — who inspect, clean and repair shopping carts at nine regional grocery stores and discount centers. I got to work with one of those crews — foreman Chris Tussey and his helper, Ernie Sparks, based out of Cincinnati — at the Euclid Save-A-Lot one morning.

You thought grocery carts were pretty boring, huh? Not so. Here are a few grocery cart crime stories to prove it: