No this is not a ball team. It is the team of legislators in California’s capitol that can never rest and must be making new rules and laws no matter if they are necessary, useful, and sometimes counterproductive or not. Take the plastic bag ban as an example.
This is blatant crony capitalism. The grocery stores were not making enough money from our inflated food prices (granted, that’s not their fault); they wanted the ten cents per bag for paper (which used to be free) or the dollar or so for re-usable bags. So they lobbied the legislature for the law, a bonanza to the tune of millions of dollars in their coffers.
So now we are left with a choice: pay for the paper bag, or drag a dirty, germ-ridden re-usable bag with you and spread whatever is on it into the shopping cart and onto the checkout counter. See this report:
A separate 2011 report published by the International Association for Food Protection examined the possible health risk from reusable shopping bags after collecting bags at random from grocery store-goers in California and Arizona.
The report found shoppers rarely washed these bags, nearly all of which became a breeding ground for bacteria. Coliform bacteria, which indicates contamination by raw meat and uncooked food, was present in about half of the bags. E.coli, which indicates fecal contamination, was present in about 8 percent.
The real insult is that these Busy Bodies don’t really care what they do to the economy or to consumers (this is another tax). They are concerned with support from the lobbying entities.
It will be fun when the rains come. Not only do the cheap handles on the paper bags (in any case) not carry nearly as much weight as do the plastic bags, but once the paper gets wet, the bag and its handles are useless to carry any weight of consequence.
Well, I for one will be paying for the paper. Don’t care if they have to chop down some trees for them. Ha! The environmentalists that wanted the ban, now have their precious trees impacted.
Why not leave things alone (we used to have a choice: “paper or plastic?”) but ban those filthy re-usable bags?