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Seattle Plastic Bag Ban Leading to Increased Shoplifting

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-By Warner Todd Huston

In a hilarious example of the unintended consequences of stupid liberal policies, the plastic bag ban in stores in Seattle, Washington has resulted not is the relief of global warming–or whatever–but in a huge spike in shoplifting.

About eight months ago the city fathers… or I mean city nannies… banned plastic bags for stores to put purchased goods in as customers leave stores. The nannies instead encouraged people to bring their own, reusable bags. Great. We are saving the environment, er sumpthing.

So what has happened after eight months?

Thousands of dollars of products have mysteriously disappeared into those bags because stores can’t figure out who has purchased something and who hasn’t.

As Nick Allen reports,

Shopper Ramona Lund said: “I’ve actually seen it happen. You can just see when they walk through and they load up their bag and they just go out the door.”

Mike Duke, who runs the Lake City Grocery Outlet, said that since the ban started in July he has lost at least $5,000 (£3,300) in produce, and up to $4,000 (£2,700) in frozen food. He told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer newspaper: “We’ve never lost that much before.”

Oopsie. You are all now allowed to laugh at these lib’s idiocy.

Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago-based freelance writer, has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and is featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart's, and all Breitbart News' other sites,,, and many, many others. Additionally, he has been a frequent guest on talk-radio programs across the country to discuss his opinion editorials and current events as well as appearing on TV networks such as CNN, Fox News, Fox Business Network, and various Chicago-based news programs. He has also written for several history magazines and appears in the book "Americans on Politics, Policy and Pop Culture" which can be purchased on He is also the owner and operator of Feel free to contact him with any comments or questions : EMAIL Warner Todd Huston and follow him on Twitter, on Google Plus , and Facebook.