Freedom! Georgia retailers win an end to ‘don’t-steal-my-cart’ signs

Retailers in Georgia will no longer be required to inform their customers that it’s a crime to steal their shopping carts.

Civilization has advanced enough that a proper understanding of the rules of shopping cart ownership can now be assumed to be part of everyone’s moral education, Gov. Nathan Deal decided with his pen today.

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The problem, some retailers found, is that not all shopping carts could read. AJC file

HB 1093, sponsored by Paulette Braddock, R-Powder Springs, adjusted a current law that declares “it shall be unlawful for any person to abandon a shopping cart upon any public street, sidewalk, way, or parking lot other than a parking lot on the premises of the owner.”

Braddock’s bill erases the requirement that a retailer “post in at least three prominent places in his store and at each exit therefrom a printed copy” of the above news. In 12-point type or larger.

We can’t confirm reports that another portion of the bill frees Georgia banks from their obligation to inform customers – in type large enough to be seen through ski masks – that “it shall be unlawful for any person to remove large sums of money from the premises through the use of overly impressive firearms.”

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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18 comments Add your comment

Danny O

April 16th, 2012
4:44 pm

Mind the gap (between real issues that families in Georgia face and what our state’s leaders choose to focus on).

td

April 16th, 2012
4:53 pm

Danny O

April 16th, 2012
4:44 pm

What “real issue” was not addressed in the legislative session?

td

April 16th, 2012
4:56 pm

All you libs touting the polls over the last few weeks need to read the latest one now:

PRINCETON, NJ — Mitt Romney is supported by 47% of national registered voters and Barack Obama by 45% in the inaugural Gallup Daily tracking results from April 11-15. Both Obama and Romney are supported by 90% of their respective partisans.

http://www.gallup.com/poll/153902/Romney-Obama-Tight-Race-Gallup-Daily-Tracking-Begins.aspx

DannyX

April 16th, 2012
5:04 pm

Now if we can just get rid of political bank robberies.

Banks should be forced to post the following warning,

“It shall be unlawful for any politician to remove large sums of money from the premises through the use of “I could never pay it back” loans. Violators will be prosecuted.”

The problem, some banks found, is that not all politicians could read.

Auntie Christ

April 16th, 2012
5:11 pm

Gosh, I guess I won’t even bother to vote now, since a gallup poll taken in April indicates that Romney is going to win. Thanks ever so much for that timely information, it will save me a lot of time this November.

On another note, I notice that there are some commenters who post here that are apparently under the delusion that this is their blog and not Mr Galloway’s. Here we have the topic of a law passed by the legislature, but one commenter decides he doesn’t want to discuss that, so he will just disregard the topic at hand and start his own thread. Sorry Mr Galloway, td has decided you don’t count.

Monica

April 16th, 2012
5:15 pm

Heh, funny news, only in GA.

DannyX

April 16th, 2012
5:17 pm

Lol td, just 2 days ago you were scolding me yet again for quoting poll results too early, now here you go and use a daily Gallup tracking poll because it supports your bias. Just like the way you scold posters for bringing race into an issue then immediately do the same. Try being consistent.

Btw, CNN just released a poll that has Obama up by 9. Women back Obama by 16 points over Romney.

Obama also has leads in almost every single swing state.

Question Man

April 16th, 2012
5:17 pm

Is it OK to remove small sums of money using a firearm?

Auntie Christ

April 16th, 2012
5:23 pm

Someone asked: What “real issue” was not addressed in the legislative session?

I guess ranking 48th or 49th in education for the last millennium or two, a 9.5 % unemployment rate, and infant mortality rate in the bottom 5% is not an “issue” worth addressing according to the wrong wing. What is important tough is we are gonna protect them zygotes from those godless abortionists. Once that zygote becomes a person though, cons don’t care if it lives or dies, or gets educated, or has an employment opportunity, other than picking beans, since they have managed to scare off the migrant workers.

nelson

April 16th, 2012
5:38 pm

One small step for man, one giant step for the pilferers of shopping carts. Shopping carts cost money and taking them adds to the overhead of the grocery store which is passed on to the shoppers.
All of the above being true what will the homeless carry their belongings in?
I would like a HB that would make provisions for the homeless, like a valise for their possessions. Sharing the wealth, rich sharing with poor making all equal partners in society. One grand sharing.

Laurie

April 16th, 2012
5:40 pm

Auntie Christ, the legislature thought that by restricitng abortions they would be dealing with the infant mortality issue, you know, by making women carry through with unviable pregnancies, or pregnancies that endander the mother, or making women be mothers that aren’t really ready for it. Do you get it? (shakes head no).

td

April 16th, 2012
5:50 pm

DannyX

April 16th, 2012
5:17 pm

I posted those just for you since you are the poll guy and had for some reason or another to “forget” to post a poll that had Obama not winning.

td

April 16th, 2012
5:59 pm

Auntie Christ

April 16th, 2012
5:23 pm

“I guess ranking 48th or 49th in education for the last millennium or two, a 9.5 % unemployment rate, and infant mortality rate in the bottom 5% is not an “issue” worth addressing”

I guess you think the only legislation that was passed this year was what was reported on in this paper. If you would have taken a minute then you would have seen that the legislator passed four or five bills that addressed education (although I think the best thing they could have done is to stay out of Dr. Barges way). What do you think the getting rid of manufacturing taxes on energy is all about? I thought you did not want want the legislature to mess with a woman and her decisions? You can not have it both ways.

honested

April 16th, 2012
6:32 pm

Now, I hope Mr. Galloway will delve into the lobbyist reports and find out HOW MUCH was dispersed to get the ever-so-important cart signage legislation hammered into canon.

honested

April 16th, 2012
6:34 pm

nelson,

Despite the obvious humor in your post, an exchange for used rolling luggage serves two purposes doesn’t it?

Look before I leap...

April 16th, 2012
6:52 pm

Well I expect my grocery bill to come down by at least 15% now.
And once Mitt Romney is sworn in as President and waves his magic wand and gas plummets to $1.87/gallon, I expect to see my grocery bill decline by another 20%.

honested

April 16th, 2012
6:55 pm

Look….

Do pigs fly in your neighborhood?

Obama 2012!

Edward Ruffin

April 17th, 2012
7:13 am

Lest we forget, there is a certain class of people who live in metro areas who think they are entitled and shopping carts are like grocery bags, they are yours unless you tell them they are not there’s.