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Readers Overwhelmingly Support Bill Regulating Scrap Metal Dealers

July 6, 2011 Crime, Politics/Policy 6 Comments
ABOVE: Cash's Scrap Metal on N. Broadway couldn't pay customers in cash is a new bill becomes law

Last week readers voted overwhelmingly in support of BB86 which sets up requirements for scrap metal dealers to help reduce metal theft:

  1. Good, something needs to stop metal thieves 94 [77.69%]
  2. Something needs to be done but mailing checks isn’t realistic 15 [12.4%]
  3. Other answer… 5 [4.13%]
  4. Bad, more government regulation of private business 4 [3.31%]
  5. Requiring the mailing of checks will hurt honest scrappers 3 [2.48%]
  6. Unsure/no opinion 0 [0%]

The five other answers were:

  1. both the 3rd and 4th option
  2. I need more time to educate myself on the scrap industry and the legislation.
  3. Expropriate the property of all scrap/brick dealers
  4. Give them checks do not mail them.
  5. take photo, match to drivers license before paying

I still think requiring computerization and the mailing of checks is unrealistic. Time will tell.

– Steve Patterson

 

 

Currently there are "6 comments" on this Article:

  1. NIck Kasoff says:

    I’m as libertarian as they come. But I’m also a landlord in north county, and have lost $4,000 to copper thieves in the past year. Of my twelve houses, two have been hit by these leeches. For a couple of bucks worth of copper, they do $800 damage to my air conditioning. When I call the cops, they just laugh at me. So I think computerization and mailing checks is insufficient. I say anybody without a plumbing license should have to provide before and after photographs of where the copper came from, and a notarized statement from the property owner that the removal was authorized. Want cash? Collect cans. 

     
  2. NIck Kasoff says:

    I’m as libertarian as they come. But I’m also a landlord in north county, and have lost $4,000 to copper thieves in the past year. Of my twelve houses, two have been hit by these leeches. For a couple of bucks worth of copper, they do $800 damage to my air conditioning. When I call the cops, they just laugh at me. So I think computerization and mailing checks is insufficient. I say anybody without a plumbing license should have to provide before and after photographs of where the copper came from, and a notarized statement from the property owner that the removal was authorized. Want cash? Collect cans. 

     
    • Douglas Duckworth says:

      The gubment needs to eminent domain these parasites. If we call St. Louis Centre a blight then what catagory do these scum occupy? The free market created this problem so we need the state to remedy it.

       
    • gmichaud says:

      Don’t take this wrong, okay. Libertarians and Repub have been destroying the middle and lower class for 30 years. I guess anarchy is not working out for you. There are no jobs, hence the copper.
      Compare to Germany who has developed a policy that actually supports everyone, not just the wealthy.  They have maintained manufacturing and a balance of work spread throughout the nation. They have also recently abandoned nuclear energy and have an advanced alternate energy program. Oh and I can’t forget, they have a universal health program. I guess they get an F in the libertarian/repub world, meanwhile they are a healthy and prosperous country no matter the talking points.
      The irony is that it seems you have what you want. Everyone is for themselves, survival of the fittest, the guys robbing you are a classic definition of survivors.
      It looks like this is your dream.

       
  3. Douglas Duckworth says:

    The gubment needs to eminent domain these parasites. If we call St. Louis Centre a blight then what catagory do these scum occupy? The free market created this problem so we need the state to remedy it.

     
  4. Anonymous says:

    Don’t take this wrong, okay. Libertarians and Repub have been destroying the middle and lower class for 30 years. I guess anarchy is not working out for you. There are no jobs, hence the copper.
    Compare to Germany who has developed a policy that actually supports everyone, not just the wealthy.  They have maintained manufacturing and a balance of work spread throughout the nation. They have also recently abandoned nuclear energy and have an advanced alternate energy program. Oh and I can’t forget, they have a universal health program. I guess they get an F in the libertarian/repub world, meanwhile they are a healthy and prosperous country no matter the talking points.
    The irony is that it seems you have what you want. Everyone is for themselves, survival of the fittest, the guys robbing you are a classic definition of survivors.
    It looks like this is your dream.

     

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