The retailer has recently put black alarms on its plastic carry-alls for small items and customers can no longer take them outside of the store.
On my regular post-gym Target run, I was told the move was made because the hand baskets have been disappearing since California's plastic bag ban went into effect.
The alarms are designed to sound off at the store's doorway, just like those sensors often attached to clothes to stop shoplifting.
Others in the biz of helping you pick up what you need also say entirely too many people who don't want to buy bags, and aren't bringing along their own, are picking up their hand baskets and keeping them.
Monday, September 4, 2017
Target Alarms Hand Baskets in Response to Increased Theft Following Plastic Bag Ban
This isn't a recent article. But, I've posted articles on some of the consequences of plastic bag bans. Now people are stealing the little hand baskets.