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* Read carefully. It’s Harry Reid’s signed confession that his hand is in it.
* Bosley Sr slams Schnucks for announcing the closing its store on Grand and Kossuth next month. Bosley notes that the store is often crammed with people using their EBT cards.
So how can a store that has heavy foot traffic be chronically operating in the red? Let me count the ways: Grazing (taking a bag of potato chips off the rack, opening it up, eating the chips, throwing away the empty bag and not paying for the bag), spoilage (Latrina picks up a choice of meat, decide she doesn’t want it, but doesn’t take it back to the freezer, and just leaves it lying around), stealing/shoplifting (of the garden variety), corruption (Aquanetta is a cashier, her sister Shaniqua comes to the checkout aisle with a cart full of items, but Aquanetta only scans one of the items), violent crime, high insurance costs for this particular store, lackadaisical employees who may or may not show up to work on time if at all, but still somehow collect a full paycheck, cashiers with sticky fingers for cash in their drawers, and probably a million other reasons.
UPDATE 4/17: Thanks to Nicholas Stix for linking, and someone there suggested grocery cart theft. And as luck would have it, Steve Patterson felt adventurous and went spelunking. For one, the way that particular store controls cart theft is the barrier method. Second, you can tell from pics on the inside of the store that you’re in Bell Curve City.
* I know this bill was going through the House, and has indeed passed the House by an overwhelming margin. This is the first actual media proof of this bill that I’ve seen.
As you know, I have this pet theory that the insurance industry is the hidden hand behind schools and districts’ zero tolerance fanaticism. That said, I was expecting my colleagues who are in the employ of the insurance industry to gear up to try to kill this bill. Amazingly, there was nothing on that front. There was something of an effort on the part of an industry known as a perennial adversary of the insurance industry, those being the trial lawyers, to kill it, and indeed they got enough suburban Democrats from both St. Louis and Kansas City to squak about it and vote against it, but not enough to prevent an override-proof margin.
However, that does not refute my pet theory. All it means is that the insurance industry has nothing to lose with this bill becoming law; it does not by itself prove that they’re not the real energy behind Zero-T.