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August 07, 2010


Fred Keller

Great piece, John, I had no idea these ridiculous ordinances even existed, and worse, were gaining momentum.

This caveat has to be my favorite, “Businesses must photograph sellers (WHAT?...No fingerprinting?) and items, and they must keep the items for a set period of time - 10 to 30 days in most cities that have adopted the ordinances - before reselling them.” In other words the store owners pay for their merchandise but can’t offer it for sale for a prescribed period of time decided upon by the the local government. BRILLIANT!

How about putting the burden back on local government where it belongs, and require the second-hand merchandise seller (not the business owner), to jump through the hoops directly with the local police department, who can issue an "OK to purchase" note for the business.

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