Much to my surprise while shopping a few days ago, I was required to pay 20 cents for two bags at a local store, not realizing that the plastic bag ban has gone into effect. I do carry a supply of cloth bags when shopping in plastic bag-banned cities, but this latest demonstration of “They’re all doing it” caught me off guard.
Many of the non-progressive people about town, including checkers and cashiers, think the ban on plastic bags is ridiculous. What has happened?
Well, in my opinion it’s a case of contagious envy among city council members and other elected public officials who want to do what is right in their copy-cat opinion.
A number of years ago, I had occasion to visit a county supervisor, and while waiting, I picked up a magazine destined for their eyes only. I found out that there is a national magazine designed and printed for governing councils across America, and generally it tells about new laws passed and recommendations for future guidance. If an ordinance in Ogoquit, Maine prohibits humming in church or chewing gum in supermarkets, other councils can copy these laws and exchange views on the law’s success. It’s called, in common terms, “monkey see, monkey do.”