Thursday, February 22, 2007

Silliest story of the day

In today's why bother category, Robert Siegel interviewed an Oregon state senator today on All Things Considered about National Return Carts to the Supermarket Month. Oh yes, you heard it here first (well second, if you were listening to NPR tonight). Apparently the folks in Oregon are very concerned that people without cars are taking shopping carts, which can cost from $100-$300, to the bus stop or to their apartments and then leaving them there. Can you imagine? More realistically, can you imagine paying $300 for a shopping cart? Maybe if it had GPS and voice recognition and was low-jacked, but then people couldn't steal it anyway. Regardless, they are creating a 24-hour hotline for people to report stolen carts, after which the grocery stores will have 72 hours to pick them up. I'm not sure if they're assuming that no one will move the cart within that 72 hour timeframe, or that after it's been found once, it'll be found again? And who are these people with such an excess of time on their hands who will actually call this number? I'm chalking this up to one more politician in search of a cause. Makes you want to move to Oregon, doesn't it?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Oregon politics is a strange combination of absolute goofiness, real progress, and frightening narrow-mindedness. It is an odd place indeed.