At least a dozen e-scooters dumped into Arkansas River

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

A concerned citizen posted video of at least a dozen e-scooters dumped into the river on Monday night. The companies have already fished them out, but they're not finished with the issue. 

Some Wichita residents weren't happy when they heard the news about the scooters in the river.  "Some people find them a nuisance, they just throw them in there to get them out of the way. Some people have fun with them, some people don't," says Chuck Radabaugh, Wichita resident. 

City Transit Director Mike Tann wants to warn the public of consequences for tossing the scooters into the river, "Well I think it speaks to the potential problems of people who don't follow the rules  and don't realize that the technology that's there, that these can be tracked. Obviously whoever these people are when they're found, they're not going to be able to ride scooters." 

Two different companies brought hundreds of e-scooters to wichita this summer... When riders are finished with them, they can leave them anywhere and the owners will pick them up. But if you damage one, you can be charged. 

Some Wichita residents are even worried this incident will cause the city to end the scooter program. "If we're not taking care of them, yeah definitely they should be taken away," says Janelle Debus, a Wichita State graduate student.

Radabaugh hopes riders can be more aware of what a reckless act could mean for Wichita. "it's a shame that they're kind of destroying things. It's all about respect and how you treat it."  

The scooter companies are going to look into short term and long term fixes to this problem. Something called Geo-Fencing might not allow people to bring them even near the river anymore.

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