Could a plastic bag ban be partially responsible for a spike in liquor thefts in Seattle?
The single-use plastic bag ban went into effect July 1, and it could be one of the factors in the recent jump in booze thefts. Thieves appear to be bringing their own canvas shopping bags into stores, stuffing them with bottles and walking out without paying, a store owner told the West Seattle Herald.
“The new bag law ... lets people come in the store with something to conceal it in,” he told the Herald. “We can't ask people not to shop with their bag ... [people are] putting items in it before check-out, so it's an issue."
Customers bringing in their own bags has become commonplace since the law was instituted, the newspaper reported.
Earlier this summer, liquor sales moved to the private sector and having it sold in large stores, instead of smaller liquor-only facilities, has allowed for people to steal the items, the newspaper reported.