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Shoppers take supermarket baskets to use as plant containers
3:08pm Friday 30th August 2013 in News
SHOPPERS at a Yorkshire Dales supermarket have walked off with 48 handbaskets designed to help older customers.
The Cooperative Store, in Leyburn, bought 50 wheeled handbaskets with a long handle earlier this year and installed a notice asking shoppers not to take them out of the shop.
A recent check found there only two of the baskets, which cost £20 each, remained.
It is believed the missing baskets are being used by some people as plant containers in ornamental ponds.
A spokesman for Co-operative Food said it would cost nearly £1,000 to replace the baskets.
He said: “It is disappointing as it prevents other customers using them for their proper purpose in store.
“Our staff are aware of the issue and we would urge shoppers to always return baskets to the store after use.”
He appealed to anyone with a basket to return it to the supermarket.
A North Yorkshire Police spokesman said he could not find a record of any similar crimes, but said in certain circumstances keeping the baskets would be treated as theft.
Anyone with information should call police on 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800-555-111.
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