So...a grocery-store security worker got punched in the gut last night by a man allegedly (hem!) shoplifting Enfamil baby formula. The suspect got clean away, too. Security has to follow possible shoplifters outside or it's not quite stealing -- and this suspect had a van handy.
Baby formula? What, he's Jean Valjean?
Mebbe. Maybe not: grocers in some locations keep that stuff locked up, as it s widely stolen...and used to cut cocaine. Or so it says on the Internet and it's plausible enough...and then there's commenter who claims to have been asked to show ID when buying color-safe bleach! (Ew.)
There is a lesson here and it applies to more than drugs: makers and sellers of an illegal product need make no big effort at purity, strength or even safety. What are customers going to do, sue?
This lesson should have been learned during Prohibition. It wasn't. --And all of those people who would outlaw guns? Rethink. If possessing an "illegal" semiautomatic firearm carries the same penalty as possessing a fully-automatic version, what do you think will happen?
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