The law of unintended consequences falls heavily on all the plans of big government. The plastic bag ban, a maniacal obsession of some eco-scammers and their celebrity hanger-ons dumpster diving for a soul, is already producing a ton of them.
Reusable bag contamination is already a major issue and might kill over a 1,000 people a year if a nationwide plastic ban is enacted. And, surprisingly, encouraging people to bring large non-transparent bags to a supermarket leads to an uptick in people filling those bags with stolen merchandise... for the environment.
The Dukes opened the Lake City grocery store in June 2011, and Mike Duke said in the year before the plastic-bag ban losses in frozen food and produce were a small fraction of what he’s seeing now. As he explained to seattlepi.com and also the North Seattle Chamber of Commerce, the shoplifters’ patterns are difficult to detect.
They enter the store with reusable bags and can more easily conceal items they steal. The reusable bags require staff to watch much more closely, and even though the store has a loss-prevention officer and more than a dozen security cameras, it’s tough to tell what a customer has paid for and what they may already have brought with them.
According to data released in January by Seattle Public Utilities, 21.1 percent of business owners surveyed said increased shoplifting because of the plastic bag ban was a problem.
Stores can always force customers to leave their reusable bags at the counter while shopping and then return them at the counter. This would be inconvenient for customers and add extra expense for stores.
But maybe they can get their money back from plastic bag ban proponent Julia Louis Dreyfus. She has some money to spare.
It would also deprive reusable bag carriers of their smug moral superiority of dragging around a stained bacteria trap as proof of their moral commitment to the entire planet.