City But WHAT ABOUT THE FAMILIEEEEEEEEEES?
posted by April 3 at 12:14 PMon
Did you hear? Mayor Greg Nickels and City Council member Richard Conlin are proposing to DESTROY YOUR FAMILY by charging an MONSTROUS, BUDGET-BREAKING FEE on every disposable bag you HAVE to use at the grocery store.
From the Times’ story, “Paper or Plastic? Either Way, You May Have to Pay”:
Next time the cashier says “paper or plastic,” think outside the bags. Think about ocean pollution, giant landfills and global warming, Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels says.
Mayor Greg Nickels: INSIDE YOUR MIND, telling you WHAT TO THINK.
Then think to next year, when you might have to either pull out a reusable tote or pay 20 cents a bag.
Nickels and City Council President Richard Conlin proposed a 20-cent “green fee” Wednesday on all disposable bags to encourage customers to carry their milk and eggs home in their own bags.
Forget the canvas sacks at home? Shoppers at grocery, convenience and drug stores will pay the price starting Jan. 1, if the City Council approves. A family buying six bags of groceries a week would spend $62.40 a year in bag fees.
Actually, a family buying six bags of groceries a week and bringing their own canvas bags would spend exactly $0.00 a year in “bag fees.” But that’s obviously just crazy talk. People can’t CHANGE THEIR BEHAVIOR—it’s against human nature!
In the Uwajimaya Village checkout line, reaction ranged from sticker shock to approval.
Germaine Szewczyk, who makes regular trips from Bremerton to pick up Hawaiian food, called a fee “ludicrous.”
“We don’t come to shop to spend more money on reusable bags,” she said as she carted out nine plastic bags.
She tried using a reusable bag but didn’t like it. If the council approves the fee, she would pay the 20 cents.
Because, again, people NEVER respond to changes in the market. It’s, like, against the law of economics!
The mayor also hates the homeless:
The fee could prove a struggle for low-income consumers, advocates say.
“It is an undue burden,” said Mike Buchman, a spokesman for Solid Ground, a nonprofit that serves families dealing with hunger and homelessness. While he applauds the mayor’s environmental policy, “there are a lot of hungry people in our community, and every dime that can go to nutritional food is important,” he said.
Though [council member Sally Clark] loves the mayor’s proposal, she is now wondering how she would clean up after her cat.
“When I clean out the cat box, I use grocery bags,” she said. “I have to figure out something else.”
Have mercy, Mayor Nickels! WILL NO ONE THINK OF THE KITTENS?!?!