Banning plastic bags breeds theft in California stores

08/11/2014

California has long led the nation in plastic bag bans, so it only stands to reason that it might soon lead the nation in shoplifting as well. According to an article written by Beatriz Valenzuela, a journalist for the Long Beach (CA) Press Telegram, shop keepers and store owners have to watch shopper more closely now that plastic bags have been banned.

More shoppers are using cloth bags that they bring from home, which means these bags are not transparent as are plastic bags, and because they are not in-store plastic bags it's more difficult to tell just exactly what's in the bags that customers carry out. Cloth or non-woven bags are heavier as well, so it's difficult to tell whether there is anything in them, unlike plastic bags that are thinner and lighter weight, making it pretty obvious that there is something in the bag.
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