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March 1, 2013 - 8:34 am

Leftists — is there anything their good intentions can’t destroy?

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. Results of another survey released in January – one done by an environmental advocacy group that found the ban “popular and successful” – didn’t mention the problem of shoplifting.

So get ready, Austin businesses! Austin’s bag ban went into effect today. You’re all about to lose a whole lot more merch to theft. And then there’s the food-borne illness problem that the filthy reusable bags come with.

h/t Liberty Unyielding

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Of course, when the stores raise their prices to compensate for the losses, that will be "price gouging."
1 year ago
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Austin has also lost my business. I live very near Austin but will keep my shopping in the suburbs. I have brought groceries in stores located in Austin frequently but will no more.
Bear in mind I have many reusable bags in my trunk and use them when shopping. I just don't want some weenie liberal to tell me I have to. It's my choice, and I've made my choice.
1 year ago
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Perhaps this is the final piece in the puzzle of why people are fleeing blue states in droves . . . .
1 year ago
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This explains the signs at Whole Foods. It's been a while, but last time I was there they had signs that thanked people for using reusable shopping bags but asked that they use a cart or basket while shopping.
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