CA Might Ban Another Common Item With New Law — The Bill’s Introduction Was as Goofy as the Ban Itself

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The state of California has already banned plastic bags and straws. Now, its legislature is considering a bill that would ban paper receipts, too.

California became the first state in 2016 to conduct a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags. In July 2018, the city of Santa Barbra cracked down as it voted to ban any sort of plastic straws from businesses, charging any violators up to a $1,000 fine or jail time. The state has since passed a bill banning full-service restaurants from distributing the straws unless a customer asks for one.

The state of California could become the first state to curb receipt waste, pushing for businesses to offer customers an electronic version instead.

San Francisco Assemblyman Phil Ting introduced the legislation, Assembly Bill 161, which would require businesses to provide electronic receipts unless the customer asks for a printed version.

“There’s a negative impact on the environment with these receipts and the inability to recycle them,” Ting said as he delivered the proposal on Tuesday, CNBC reported. He added that there is a “harmful” chemical, known as Bisphenol A (BPA), in paper receipts that could cause health issues.

The way the Democratic assemblyman proposed the paper receipt ban was humorous in its own way.

Watch the video below:

The “Skip the Slip” legislation is being pushed by the nonprofit Green America, which claims: “In the U.S., 10 million trees and 21 billion gallons of water are consumed each year in the creation of paper receipts, generating 686 million pounds of waste and 12 billion pounds of CO2.”

The idea of electronic receipts raises “huge privacy concerns,” San Diego State University’s chair of the marketing department Heather Honea told CNBC. “Privacy legislation in this country, and even in California, is pretty minimal relative to the amount of data that is consistently collected on consumers.”

According to Honea, as soon as a transaction is made, businesses can “identify who you are and they are sending information.”

“Certainly, this is just one more opportunity for more of that information,” she added.

The legislation was only recently introduced this week. However, if passed, it would fine businesses up to $300 per year for not providing electronic receipts.

If passed, the requirement for electronic receipts would begin January 1, 2022.

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Ron Schutte
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‘Ting’ = ‘Ding a Ling’ !!!

Kris Miller
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Might as well ban toilet paper since we can use are hands to wipe off the poo.

Phyllis Softa
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Perhaps you can use your hands, I am sticking with toilet paper.

Jeff Mitchell
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when will a earthquake send that place into the ocean ? PLEASE

Phyllis Softa
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Were you really wanting to send Kevin McCarthy, Devin Nunes, Duncan Hunter and their voters into the Pacific? The Republicans have not turned ALL of California Blue YET! They’ll keep trying, but not yet.

James Riggs
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So, you go through the line to the cashier, you pay for your stuff, and exit without a receipt. As you are exiting, one of those alarms goes off, they come over to check your stuff to make sure you’re not trying to steal something. The employee says lets match your stuff in the buggy to the receipt so we know you aren’t try to steal an item. You stare at them blankly because you don’t a receipt. I see a problem headed their way. ???

Phoenix
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Of all the concerns – this is one of the silliest. You do realize there are lots of stores that already only provide receipts on request. They seem to be getting along just fine.

That this was the only concern you felt big enough to voice proves that receipts probably need to be rethought (though not through gov intervention preferably).

I. Chin
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Interesting. I agree that for many people receipts are a waste of resources, but I suspect they are not conscientious about where their money goes.

ALL the stores in my area provide physical receipts, requested or not.
I personally prefer them. It’s much easier to spot errors (frequent) and also helps in budgeting expenses, i.e. I spent how much on beer, veggies, and meat (not ordered by priority)? *g* Dinosaur for dinner tonight (what do you think birds are?)

Phyllis Softa
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You can’t spot an error on the receipt on your phone screen? View it to your lap top. Do your gas stations ask if you want a paper receipt? How is budgeting from a paper receipt easier than digital? How do you know you saved them all?

James Riggs
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Phoenix, Yes, my first concern was going to jail. Gee, I guess I’m just silly. Everyone likes going to jail. My apologies for my concern not meeting your criteria.

Ed
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I haven’t had a paper receipt (nor waited in a checkout line) at Sam’s Club for months. The employee at the door has no problem scanning the bar code on my phone instead of the paper receipt tp check my stuff. The problem that you foresee heading their way is very easily avoided.

Phoenix
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Agreed Ed. And that is just ONE solution that involves the customer having a phone. There are plenty other solutions where the customer wouldn’t be required to have a phone.

I. Chin
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The Costco’s in OR and WA all provide paper receipts. I’m not aware of any Sam’s Clubs in the region.

Given the cursory exam at the exit, receipts, electronic or otherwise, are kind of moot. I subbed an old receipt once (unmarked) and it passed.

Phoenix
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Most don’t look unless you have a big item like a TV in your cart. That is the only time they ever actually looked at my receipt.

Regardless, my point is that an item check at the door is a silly argument in favor of paper receipts.

James Riggs
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Ed and all, do you not realize there are thousands of people who do not own an Iphone? Many, especially older people have flip phones and some have no cell phone at all. How does your ability to read your receipt help them to read theirs. Come on folks this effects everyone not just certain individuals, unless you judge superiority by the type of cell phone a person has or doesn’t have.

Ed
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Since I work on the parts that go into phones, I’d like to think that everyone has one!

Also, these businesses aren’t being forced to ban paper receipts entirely; the proposal is that they provide paper only when requested. If you want a paper receipt, you just have to ask. There will still be a lot of people who will ask for one, but if half of the customers opt for electronic, it’s a lot of garbage avoided,

Phyllis Softa
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James, you don’t have a smart phone? You pull out your phone and show them the receipt. Welcome to the 21st century. WHERE do you shop that you are not ask if you want a paper or digital receipt? WHERE did you believe the digital receipt would be? At what gas station does the question “Do you want a receipt?” not appear on the screen? I am staring “blankly” at your post. Yesterday was January 13, 2019, not January 13, 1919.

I. Chin
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While NOT having receipts is certainly a greener option, why is the government now depriving consumers of this option? It should be up to the individual. More treating adults as children by overreaching government.

full disclosure: I find numerous errors and mischarges when checking my receipts.

Ed
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Receipts have gotten ridiculous in some places. This isn’t a bad idea. Simply create a new email address for receipts only. It would provide you with an east to search database, plus help you know who is sharing the info when non-receipt email comes in. Half of the garbage beneath my car seats and in my wallet are receipts, and I hate when one forgotten in my pockets gets washed. I would welcome this in my area.

KhyberRifle
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The paper receipt Subway (as in the Jared Fogle Subway, not the MTA’s NY boroughs subway) provides is 15 inches in length and on it are directions to an electronic survey, a DIY e-theft blog, some mega-millions #’s, and an electronic coupon. The deal for the day is the Bisphenol is free. The CA nanny’s do require that you – if you’re a Californian, or if you’re a Nevadan for that matter – contribute what change it takes to round up to the nearest dollar to the Green Party of California, the GPCA

I. Chin
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I’ve been in CA recently on business. While “rounding up” was requested, it was NEVER mandatory, which is basically theft.

Here in OR we are asked at checkout if we want to do so. It’s not compulsory. Remind me not to move to NV or CA. (as if)

Phoenix
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You know when you look at a picture and can almost hear the circus music playing in the background?

It would probably be a big improvement just to have paper receipts only on request (rather than printing automatically and just going in the trash), however it would also be nice that was changed without government requiring it.

I. Chin
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Because making choices is not something they can tolerate. In their minds we are all infants. (admittedly many people cannot do basic math, but that’s a failure of education and basic innumeracy).

Why are they treating people like children? “You have no choice. Do what we say and make sure to vote for us.”

KhyberRifle
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Evidently Screw, you’ve yet to buy in to the dictum that they (the herders, the bureaucrats, the ministers of officialdom) know what’s best for us (the sheeple, the feral cats, the unwashed).

I. Chin
Member

The deplorables.

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