Thursday, August 7, 2014

Has California's plastic bag ban backfired?

This is not a new story.  I don't know why this is just now coming up.

The video mentions that, I think, the state or city now has a plastic bag cop.  How utterly ridiculous.  So, what will happen, the governmental entity will build a whole bureaucracy around keeping plastic bags out of the city, fining and penalizing hard working shop owners.  The 10 cents for paper sacks will NOT go to the city to cover the cost of the new "cops".  Even though the shop owners make money from the sale of the papersacks, they will still raise prices of the groceries to cover their loses.  So, in essence, the residents will pay for the ban thrice.

However, the effort to go green is costing some stores quite a bit of green. "It is increasing shoplifting," said Mark Arabo, president and CEO of the Neighborhood Market Association, a group of 2,400 small markets in the West. "We've received hundreds of phone calls from our members saying that once these plastic bag bans have been enacted, shoplifting has increased in our markets."

"What's happening is they're putting stuff in there," said Arabo, referring to shoppers placing items in reusable bags. "Frozen food items, health and beauty items, and when they get to the cashier, they are actually arguing with them and saying, 'I actually brought this in with me,' and the store has to check the (surveillance) tape, and it's just a bunch of red tape."

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