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Shoplifting soars in Seattle grocery
stores after ban on plastic bags as
study finds spike in E. coli cases
´linked to filthy reusable totes´

Daily Mail [UK], by Staff

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Posted By:Ribicon, 3/2/2013 4:00:12 PM

Seattle’s ban on plastic bags may be good for the planet, but some local store owners say it has proven catastrophic for their bottom line. Mike Duke, who runs the Lake City Grocery Outlet grocery store, said that since the City Council unanimously passed the ban last July, he has lost at least $5,000 in shoplifted produce and between $3,000-$4,000 in swiped frozen food. ‘We’ve never lost that much before,’ Duke told KBOI News.(Snip) But according to Duke, the ´green´ canvas totes make it much harder for loss-prevention officers to detect what the customers have purchased and

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Simple solution: make it illegal to shoplift and pass a universal ban on E. Coli.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: bighambone, 3/2/2013 4:05:17 PM     (No. 9204986)

Must be the Amish area of town?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Dante, 3/2/2013 4:09:21 PM     (No. 9204989)

Those "reusable" bags become disgusting rather quickly, I can´t imagine carrying food in them.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: uno, 3/2/2013 4:10:52 PM     (No. 9204991)

The unintended consequences of the Liberal Left.
I sometimes wonder if they are really unintended...

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Reply 4 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 3/2/2013 4:16:20 PM     (No. 9204996)

FTA - The Lake City Grocery Outlet also saw a dramatic increase in the number of hand baskets stolen after Seattle´s plastic bag ban was initiated. Shoplifters would fill up their baskets – some with purchased items and others with stolen groceries – and walk out of the store

And I bet their clientele is overwhelmingly left-wing. They always know how to get things for ´free´.



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Reply 5 - Posted by: redink, 3/2/2013 4:24:23 PM     (No. 9205004)

How about a ban on environmental advocacy studies that lie about how good it is to ban plastic?
These foolish store owners bought the bs and now they´re dealing with the consequences.
They don´t want to sound anti-homeless, so they´re trying to find something else to blame for the theft. Countdown to when they blame Bush.

Amazing to watch the delusion.
I will never shop in a store that bans plastic.
Plastic saves lives.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: gesundheit, 3/2/2013 4:31:14 PM     (No. 9205013)

Someone needs to invent plastic replaceable tote-bag liners that people can use to keep their totebags germfree and then throw away after each trip to the grocery.

Of course, they would still be plastic bags, but they´d be protected from City Council members, at least until they can figure out a way to prohibit citizens from putting whatever they want into their own bags.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: veritas, 3/2/2013 4:33:09 PM     (No. 9205016)

The joys of myths and feelings trumping fact.

Banning plastic bags is stupid. They can easily be shredded, pelletized, and remelted to create new film and bags [the stuff´s a "thermoplastic," meaning you can remelt it to make new product].

Cost is probably competitive with film from new feedstocks. If not, hey, small price for feeling smug and superior, Seattle. Small. Maybe there´s somebody in the House [in DC] who´ll introduce a bill assessing Greenie states and paying for mandated, recycled bags?

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Ribicon, 3/2/2013 4:33:44 PM     (No. 9205017)

Staff, following is the correct Daily Mail link:
http://tinyurl.com/bad4pnh

I posted one to the Seattle PI version by mistake. DM version was better.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: maggie2u, 3/2/2013 4:47:29 PM     (No. 9205041)

Poster #5, it´s not the store owners, it´s the Seattle City council who passed a plastic bag ban law last year.
I find this story a bit hard to believe. The Daily Mail sometimes, sortof, makes stories up. Last year they had one about some Englishman who was going to Wasilla Alaska to make a documentary about Sarah Palin. It was so full of lies, it was laughable. One was that when this guy and his crew got to SeaTac airport they were given invasive body cavity searches by ´Palin´s Wasilla goons.´ After I pointed out that SeaTac airport was in Seattle Washington, not Alaska and that there was a fairly large country called Canada between Washington state and Alaska the story was pulled after an hour.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: 4Justice, 3/2/2013 5:01:07 PM     (No. 9205059)

Why would anyone bring something they already bought elsewhere into a store?? I suppose there may be a few people who take the bus, walk or ride a bike who might, but most people don´t. They should just have people check in their bags somewhere. Regardless, I fail to see how one situation leads to the other here. I think shoplifting is a symptom of a bigger problem than bags. Still, if it makes the bag ban look bad, I will gladly go along. I hate the ban. I used to use those bags for lots of things including dumping old kitty litter, lining my garbage can, wrapping up leftovers at lunch, etc. Now I have to buy bags. The same number of plastic bags end up in landfills, but they are just aren´t reused. Outcome: MORE waste.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: krause, 3/2/2013 5:03:44 PM     (No. 9205061)

Can´t they be satisfied with just the "Coexist" bumper stickers?

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Reply 12 - Posted by: JAN, 3/2/2013 5:05:10 PM     (No. 9205062)

Was in Trader Joe´s last week and there she was, Ms. Yuppie, having her shopping bag emptied as the manager scanned the items........that just found their way into the bag without being scanned.

Nothing at all to do with Amish!!!

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Reply 13 - Posted by: redink, 3/2/2013 5:11:04 PM     (No. 9205071)

re #9. Yes, of course it was the city council that passed the ban, but that is where business owners have the ability to keep this idiocy at bay.

Local govt. works best because of direct accountability. City councils won´t pass an ordinance that the business community is protesting.
It doesn´t appear anyone protested this ban. Everyone on board!

I don´t doubt this story because it´s being played out wherever the plastic bag ban takes place.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: GringoinQuito, 3/2/2013 5:21:43 PM     (No. 9205079)

Anti-homeless? What kind of PC crapola is that? Typical of tree hugging Seattle. Call them what they are, drug and alcohol addled bums and hobos.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: LudicrousSextus, 3/2/2013 5:23:19 PM     (No. 9205083)

Another home-run from the granola state - what ain´t fruits and nuts is flakes...

"I think we´ve gotten to a place where it´s really going to work for the environment, businesses and the community in general," Councilman Mike O´Brien said at the time.

And we´ll file that one under - ´That´s what you get for thinking when you´re not used to it.´

Nothing like ´bag ladies´ running a city...




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Reply 16 - Posted by: stablemoney, 3/2/2013 7:26:06 PM     (No. 9205198)

Liberals should hang themselves and make someone happy.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: john56, 3/2/2013 7:44:54 PM     (No. 9205216)

The Glorious People´s Republic of Austin (Texas) just passed a plastic bag ban that took effect yesterday and all the hippies, leftists and other malcontents are all complaining that the paper bags cost 10c and the handles tear.

I expect grocers in towns surrounding this land of loones will be seeing their business grow. And no more new supermarkets in the city limits.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: BigGeorgeTX, 3/2/2013 7:57:05 PM     (No. 9205229)

I´m wearing my eTrades baby shocked look. Seems that all of us here suggested that this would happen.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: pickle1, 3/2/2013 8:04:35 PM     (No. 9205241)

I never use those totes.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: jalo1951, 3/2/2013 8:31:03 PM     (No. 9205278)

Seattle, that explains it all. I am waiting for them to tell Starbucks they cannot use foam.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: realrep, 3/2/2013 10:27:48 PM     (No. 9205342)

I use totes at Aldi´s because they charge for the bags. I´m cheap. It´s my choice to use tote bags. At the other grocery stores, I get their free plastic bags.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 3/2/2013 11:35:51 PM     (No. 9205396)

Where are the people in Seattle putting cat litter and dog poop now ?

I refuse to put the ´plastic guy´ out of business. It saves a lot of money to reuse plastic bags for litter, garbage, whatever.
They disintergrate at the dump, so what is the harm ?



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Reply 23 - Posted by: garyhope, 3/3/2013 4:04:46 AM     (No. 9205486)

Everything the greenies and do gooders do winds up killing somebody. Do they ever get or accept the blame for that? Nooooooooo. It´s usually Bush´s fault.


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Reply 24 - Posted by: anonymous, 3/3/2013 5:29:15 AM     (No. 9205497)

Some of those greenie-approved cloth bags have been stored at homes in dank, dark cupboards amongst spider-webs and rats´ nests. It´s disgusting to even contemplate where they´ve been. Then the customers take them to the supermarket and place them on the check-out bench where food items have been place for scanning. It´s totally unhygienic.

But the greenies don´t care. Their philosophy is that nothing must get in the way of their ideals - nothing.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Trigger2, 3/3/2013 5:33:27 AM     (No. 9205498)

The libtards are heavily invested in eugenics, ergo, the death bill. I say the ban is intentional. Its a great way to spread ecoli with the hope that some never recover.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: NuGoddess, 3/3/2013 7:03:45 AM     (No. 9205518)

´´The Chamber is not anti-homeless; Lake City is not anti homeless...´´ They should be.

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Because you can find anything on the Web, you can easily search and pull up a running clock that tells you just how long, to the second, Barack Obama has been president. It moves in real time. It only feels like it´s speeding up. Constrained by crises over which he has little power to impact events, hemmed in by a divided Congress more interested in scoring points with voters than in legislating, and watching as his potential successor assumes more and more of the political spotlight, Obama may be receding into history more quickly than either he or his aides ever anticipated. It was impossible to listen to the president's speech Thursday


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