Un-examined consequences of banning plasic bags

24 07 2009

Funny story I heard today about shop lifting rates increasing in Adelaide aided by the ridiculous ban on plastic bags in South Australia (which achieves absolutely nothing of real value – it simply makes life harder for all, wastes the money of the innocent and allows some idiot politician temporarily evade the fact that he’s useless and harmful to humanity)

Via Wikipedia: “The increased use of reusable bags has led to an increase in shoplifting as they provide a way to conceal pilfered items. After a plastic shopping bag tax was passed in Ireland and shoppers transitioned to reusable bags stores reported a correlating increase in shoplifting. [8]

And:

“Professional thieves using green bags to conceal theft”: http://www.news.com.au/adelaidenow/story/0,22606,25020990-2682,00.html?from=public_rss

Checkout staff in bag ban safety plea:
http://www.news.com.au/adelaidenow/story/0,22606,25384878-5006301,00.html

And shoplifting isn’t the only problem.  Obviously there is the extra cost to consumers and supermarkets. 
But did you think of this?
Most reuable bags shoppers don’t wash their bags once they return home and the bags may be leading to food poisoning according to Dr. Richard Summerbell, research director at Toronto-based Sporometrics and former chief of medical mycology for the Ontario Ministry of Health. [6]. Because of their repeated exposure to raw meats and vegetable there is an increased risk of food born illness. A 2008 study of bags showed mold and bacterial levels in reusable bags 300% greater than those considered safe. [7]

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