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Illegal ContraBAG by JamesE82 Illegal ContraBAG by JamesE82
Multibillion-dollar debt? Countless millions of illegals streaming over the border? Criminally inept public schools? Joblessness so bad that the Obama administration doesn’t want the state’s statistics included in the national unemployment numbers? Five-dollar gasoline? Corrupt politicians who have never read the Constitution? Vicious death row inmates dying of old age after decades of being cared for by the taxpayers? Forget about all that--the true threat to California has been identified, targeted, and destroyed…

Plastic bags. No, wait, let me do that again… plastic baaaaags! :fear:

Yes, the above problems will never be solved, but it seems that when it comes to the plastic bags you (used to) get from stores to take your purchases home in, the mighty engine of government has positively roared to life, allowing intervention to charge full steam into the affairs of private business, politicians moving so swiftly to attack the problem that they simply did not have time to ask questions or even think about what they were doing.

I don’t get paid for this, and now that I’m actually sitting down and typing about it, I find myself wanting to wander off and read a comic book or something, so real quick, here’s the gist of what’s going on in my county:

:bulletblack: Retail establishments are legally unable to provide bags made of plastic to customers. It’s against the law. A crime.

:bulletblack: Retail establishments may provide paper bags, but are required by law to charge ten cents per bag. They are unable to decide for themselves if they want to offer them for free to their customers; the government is making that business decision for them.

:bulletblack: Plastic bags were so popular and handy to use again for other purposes that customers offered to buy, to pay money, for our remaining supplies of them.

:bulletblack: The paper bags take up seven times the amount of space the plastic ones did. My store’s stockroom does not have room for even twice the space to be taken up for that, let alone seven times; every inch is valuable, and the situation will only get more dire come Christmas, when we will be storing not only more merchandise, but more of the paper bags. We will have to deal with that, not the people who passed the law.

:bulletblack: Taking up seven times the space means cashiers can only keep one-seventh the amount of bags on hand at their registers than they used to, meaning someone has to restock them seven times as often, spending man hours we do not have.

:bulletblack: Forget holding gallon jugs or multiple two liter bottles in the paper bags, and if you have a heavy load in them and don’t hold them by the handles so the bag is hanging perfectly vertical, there’s a nice chance you’ll end up crawling around the parking lot, trying to get that can of clam chowder that rolled beneath a car after you’ve gathered up the rest of your spilled purchases.

:bulletblack: It rains where I live. Do something that the passers of this law apparently did not, and think about what happens to paper when it gets wet. Not only that, you can’t close the top of these bags with a quick spin, like you could the plastic ones… your stuff’s gonna get soaked.

:bulletblack: If you don’t find a way to close these worthless new bags, they’ll fall over while you drive and you’ll be repacking them when you get home.

:bulletblack: Roadside pollution was allegedly the reason for the banning. It may be the reason… I don’t know and don’t care. Littering is already against the law, which means the government is doing what it always does, which is to--instead of enforcing laws already on the books--adding new ones we have to live by in addition to the old ones.

:bulletblack: This makes my county look like a joke. People not from around here are rightfully laughing at us or perplexed by our stupidity, like explorers stumbling upon a tribe of especially backward pygmies throwing their own feces at one another. This is annoying because I live in a fairly decent town; there are violent amigos to the north and aging hippies who refuse to die to the south, but they have voted in big-government morons, and I have to pay for their bad decisions.

:bulletblack: Cashiers are being berated for this mess by rightfully annoyed customers. Trust me, nobody in my store is happy about this, from the cashiers and stock boys to the management. The people who are the cause of it are not in the stores, and therefore not facing daily criticism for what they have done.

:bulletblack: Customers are encouraged to bring in reusable cloth bags. Carrying around big, opaque bags greatly aides shoplifting, as anyone with a brain that works better than a Southern Californian politician’s will be able to grasp instantly.

:bulletblack: Said reusable bags cost one dollar, and we give a five cent bonus to customers who use them. This means that after twenty uses, we will be losing money every time the bag is used… that adds up.

:bulletblack: And nearly worst of all? My store is putting a smiley face on this! Why? Why put signs like the one above all over the parking lot, with more clogging the store? Why not have signs that simply state what has happened? Private enterprise is not yet required to be cheerleaders for the very government intervention that is hampering it, so why are we going out of our way to do so now? “Yay, we’re not allowed to run our business the way we want to, and you’re not allowed to have something convenient that actually works as intended! Oh, yippee!:dance:


There you go, my first foray into photo journalism. Was it professional? No way, but like I said, I don’t get paid for being pissed-off, so it is what it is. Besides, what journalism is professional nowadays? Alright, that‘s done; where did I put that stack of She-Hulk comics…

Comments welcome, even if it’s to point out that should local hippy politicians start being found suffocated to death by plastic bags, I’ll be the prime suspect…=D

(I just realized there’s an American flag in the background. Interesting how it is dwarfed in the picture by the huge banner happily announcing government intervention and the loss of freedom, huh? Wish I could say I composed the shot like that on purpose…)
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:iconrommel39:
rommel39 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014
This is why I will never set foot in the Peoples Republic of California.
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JamesE82 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015

Try living here. :no:

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Eminox Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
In Northern Ireland, we have to charge 5p (8c) for any bag (plastic, paper). Cloth or woven bags are generally more expensive and we get blamed for the stupid law as well. 

What makes it better is if we forget to charge for a bag, we face a 5,000 ($8,280) fine!
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JamesE82 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014

Borders mean nothing to stupid government intervention, I guess; it’s getting to be everywhere you look. :(

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zoron246 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013
the stupid thing is if paper bags are still available, why is the hippy crap not enforced on tree cutting? oh wait they need those too make stupid laws and bills.
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JamesE82 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013

:iconcybermanplz::iconsaysplz:There is… logic in what he says.

 

:laughing: Don’t try to understand them, just make sure to vote.

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ShirouZhiwu Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Those plastic bags will get you.
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:iconjamese82:
JamesE82 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
What if I buy some Killer Tomatoes at a grocery store that still gives out plastic bags? Who would win? :bonk:
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J-Wolfe15 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
Oh wow. That's a new one. What happened to recycling the plastic bags?
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JamesE82 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012
Yeah, the freedom to do that would be nice and all, but this way, the choice has been made for us and we don’t have t worry about doing what the government says is bad. ;P
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J-Wolfe15 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012
LOL. True.
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Har13quin Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well shit, isn't life tough.
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:iconjamese82:
JamesE82 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
Yes, life is tough, and it only gets tougher when worthless bureaucrats use their power to screw with things they don’t understand.

What, exactly, is your problem with what I wrote… or are you not being sarcastic?
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deathstarshotput Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012
Liberal Frankenstein: "Rrrargh! Plastic Bad!"
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:iconjamese82:
JamesE82 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
:iconfrankensteinplz::iconsaysplz:No good!
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BlameThe1st Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
At this point, it seems as though the priorities of politicians, local, state, or federal, are all ass backwards. They’re more concerned about crap like plastic bags and large sodas and Chik-fil-a and Sesame Street than they are about things that actually matter like the economy or civil rights. Then again, when have politicians ever focused on the real issues? To them, they have always distracted the masses with breads and circuses.
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JamesE82 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
Bread and circuses worked for the Romans, so I don’t see a problem with us going down the same path they did… oh, wait…:fear:

:iconbillclintonplz::iconsaysplz:America’s already had me as its own Caligula, so why not?

The liberals really overplayed their hand with that Chick-fil-A thing, coming right out and stating that if they disagree with your private beliefs, they will use the powers of their elected positions to keep you from doing business. :steaming:
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U1trawoman Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I am surprised that the bags don't have a warning printed on them, saying that the process used to make them may leave a chemical residue known by the state of California to cause cancer. <sigh>
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JamesE82 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
How long would it take you to fly to Hollywood and spank some sense into the bimbo celebritards who keep campaigning for these people? Anne Hathaway and Scarlett Johansson spring to mind… :spank:
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sonrouge Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012
An example of the problems government interference causes, an example of the law being used to force compliance rather than protect against harm, an example of government making the edict and stores having to deal with the actual consequences (which, by the way, is how fascism works in regards to business)...and people say such things are the proper role of the government.

And you want to know what's ironic, amusing, pathetic and worrying all at the same time? Freedom of choice is what pro-abortionists and homosexuals use to support their causes, yet how many of them do you see protesting something like this out in the open?
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JamesE82 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
People--Rush Limbaugh may have gotten it started--have been suggesting that we may need to start using the term “fiscal fascism” instead of “socialism” to describe what these people are doing in order to get our points across. Either way, the government arbitrarily telling business how to do things at every turn is not a healthy form of capitalism. :no:

Speaking of Rush and choice, I’ve always liked this line of his: “I’m pro-choice… I just happen to choose life!” =D
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Kajm Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I thought plastic bags were originally planned to replace paper, to save the trees?
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JamesE82 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
Well, you see, using more paper bags is actually going to lead to fewer trees being cut down, because… uh… because… Listen, Al Gore won a Nobel Peace Prize for thinking like this, so just shut your mouth and stop questioning it! :shakefist:

;P
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sonrouge Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012
Never, ever, ever expect logic and reason from the government.
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Kajm Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Based on that comment alone, most of the people on my block list, must be government employees..... :P
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sonrouge Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012
I think "useful idiots" is a more proper title.
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Paudraic Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Stacks of paper bags are also magnets for roaches, silverfish, and lots of other cellulose eating insects not to mention the spiders centipedes that feed on them. The paper bags will probably be incinerated instead of recycled like plastic bags. There goes more air pollution and forest clearing.
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JamesE82 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
Great observations--I’m going to add those disgusting additional side effects to the list and give you the credit. :highfive:

Sounds like your resort has had some trouble complying with the demands of Angel Falls enviro-nuts in the past…;)
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Paudraic Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:)
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sonrouge Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012
And when evidence of the former comes to light, how much do you want to bet the government will just pass a new edict rather than even consider they might've made a mistake?
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Paudraic Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's a sure thing.
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MaragrizX Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
Well, that's California.
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JamesE82 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
Yes, that’s Communist China California, alright. :puke: “As goes California, so goes America,” they say… funny that the people who tell us that do so with optimism.

If somebody tries to display a cross made of plastic bags on public property, I imagine they’d call in an air strike.
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MaragrizX Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
Well yea, of course the US goes with it, its like a pair of concrete shoes. As payment for debt, I'd sell California to who ever wants it. Well, maybe the Californian's I'd sell, the land itself is beautiful.
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cooltime17 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
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paper? really?

man I feel for you. and I didn't even have to deal with paper bag in the first place... no, other then school tuck-shops, but that's were they should stay.

oh and yay happy chance
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:iconjamese82:
JamesE82 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
Thanks for your support, and yeah, let’s do the happy chance dance! :icondancingcatplz:
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cooltime17 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
hahah.
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alphazion Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
Yet another reason to start your own business. With blackjack. And hookers.

Let's do it, man. Let's start up a company doing...something. :highfive: While we still can, before private industry becomes criminalized because being smart and working hard is unfair to lazy bums (makes them feel bad, y'know).
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JamesE82 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
I’ve got it: A Crimson Conservative workout video costarring Gillian Michaels. They can demonstrate the proper way to stretch, massage tired muscles, and apply oil to one another. Profitable and educational! :thumbsup:

In all honesty, I am dying to get something going with Connie and her crew, but have no idea where to start. :confused:
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alphazion Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
Kind of a shame it's such a niche market... :shrug: May have to start with independent publishing. Print is more and more expensive these days and the big names in comics are all going to E-publications.

Random suggestion, by the way. For the customers concerned about spilling, could you roll down the top of the paper bag and staple it shut?
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JamesE82 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
I don’t know about everything going electronic; Linkara (a popular and erudite comic reviewer, if you’re not familiar with him) says print will stay strong despite DC also offering digital comics, a position I agree with. And there’s just something I find very appealing about people (even if it’s just a handful) having a Crimson Conservative graphic novel physically on their shelves.

Actually, that staple idea is worth looking into. I can’t wait to bring it to my bosses, say I came up with it myself, get promoted, and eventually take over the company, earning millions every year while looking down on you and laughing, laughing, laughing! :evillaugh:
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:iconalphazion:
alphazion Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
:steaming: Curse you, Steve Jobs of cashiers! :iconshakefist:
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:iconjamese82:
JamesE82 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012
Take that back! I am not a conniving cashier, I’m a conniving stock boy! :shakefish:

Besides, I’ve always heard it was Bill Gates who was the idea thief. :shrug:
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:iconalphazion:
alphazion Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012
Nah, Gates was the guy dodging antitrust laws. ;P
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Knight3000 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry about that buddy!
Yes in NY there are stores that supposed to charge 10 cents for every plastic bag used but dont enforce this becuase it would cause massive lines at the cashier and in a place like say, Pathmark or Walmart, Thats NOT very smart.
Paper bags are pretty useless as they arent as durable, still it holds alot but yes, only if you carry it vertically it wont rip on you and you end up looking like a buffoon when your stuff falls on the ground just before you put it in the trunk!

Sorry your store uses paper bags its a pain in the ass to store where as the plastic bags you have a large roll itll last you for awhile before you need to get more.
These dumb laws and surcharges arent really enforced but still they are passed. Bureacracy at work never fails huh?
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JamesE82 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
It’s just another case of people who have never run a business trying to tell private companies how to do things they themselves are clueless about… why did Obama just spring to mind? Being a Californian, I’m used to that, but what really stuck in my craw was how my company--the victim here--decided to act cheerful about all this. Personally, I would have put the phone numbers and email addresses on these signs, telling the unhappy masses to contact the people responsible and tell them where they can cram their beloved paper bags. :steaming:
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Knight3000 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree with you my friend It`s nerve-wracking at times!
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:iconjamese82:
JamesE82 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
I’m currently reading The Price of Politics, written by the very left-leaning Bob Woodward. Though liberal, he can’t help but paint a picture of Obama that makes him look like an utter buffoon who is as inept as he is pompous when it comes to how he believes he can fix America’s financial problems.

Let business be run by businessmen, and brush aside people who say the only way to dig out of a hole is to dig the hole deeper.
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alphazion Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012
The same Woodward who took down Nixon? :O
Wow, first CNN, the NY Times and Huffington Post turn on him, and now this. Shows you what kind of administration it really is. :no:
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JamesE82 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
The very same. (I got a kick out of how it was implied that the Comedian killed Woodward and Bernstein in the movie version of Watchmen. :laughing:)

Oh, they haven’t turned on him; I speculate they have simply realized that you can only keep telling people who are drowning in a flood that it’s not even raining for so long before your ratings and sales take a serious nosedive, and they’re trying to appear impartial to get viewers and readers back.
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