Pastor at odds with police over shopping carts

MEDFORD, Ore. – The pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Medford is at odds with police. He said shopping carts that belong to the church were taken by Medford police.

Pastor Murray Richmond said the church has had the carts for years. They were reportedly donated to them by ACCESS.

However, the carts still have markings from the stores they originally came from, which Medford police point out is a violation of the city’s shopping cart ordinance.

According to MPD, they were called to Alba park for a disturbance, and when officers saw the carts they confiscated them. But Pastor Richmond said those carts are a big part of their food bank outreach program, and replacing them will be costly.

“We just want our four carts back, for us that’s a significant investment, that’s two months worth of food that we have for people in this building,” Pastor Murray Richmond said.

Pastor Richmond went to the Medford police department Wednesday, but theres no word on if the church will get the carts back. He said if the carts are returned, the church will repaint the them to make sure there’s no more confusion.

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