California provides us with yet another example of legislative shenanigans.
On Thursday the California Assembly passed a bill that would require customers to request a paper receipt before they can be given one … Starting in 2022, AB 161 would forbid businesses from providing customers with a traditional paper receipt unless they ask for one. Beginning in 2024, businesses would also be required to provide digital proof of purchase should a customer so request.
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Should you be caught printing up receipts in violation of the law, you’ll get two warnings, after which you could be fined up to $300 a year.
To make the environmental case against receipts, Ting’s bill relies on Green America, a D.C.-based group whose “Skip the Slip” report says that receipts produce about 150,000 tons of waste each year.
The chairman of Green America’s Board of Directors is Jeff Marcous. Marcous also serves as CEO of Dharma Merchant Services, which sells digital point-of-sale technology—the kind that Ting’s bill would require stores to adopt.
There’s more at the link. Bold, underlined text is my emphasis.
Would someone please tell me why, under any normal ethical standard, Mr. Marcous isn’t under investigation on charges of (at the very least) corruption? I wonder how many “favors” were done, and how many contributions were made to “re-election campaigns”, and how many arms were twisted (“You do me this favor, and I’ll do you a favor in future”), to get this bill passed?
One hopes that the bill will be derailed before it’s signed into law . . . but this is California. Such behind-the-scenes skullduggery appears to be the norm there, rather than the exception – much like Washington, D.C., I daresay.