Monday, September 11, 2006

No More Stealing Free Papers

Ok; Those of you that are going around emptying out display racks of the Eureka Reporter and theNorth Coast Journal, for whatever reason, better stop it.

The Governator just signed a new law making it illegal to take a certain number of free magazines or newspapers without the intent to read them. Unless I'm mistaken, the law should take effect January 1, 2007. So, if you just can't help yourself, better do it now to get it out of your system before then.


At 7:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just like all-you-can-eat, they don't really mean it.

At 9:54 AM, Blogger Eric V. Kirk said...

A few years back, a political figure in San Francisco's career ended over a stunt like this. I think it was Hongisto as sheriff. One of the free gay papers published a very critical article, and he had his officers driving around and grabbing the stacks. His defense was that they were free, but even without the Governor's law it's been regarded as theft. I don't think he was ever prosecuted, but he was forced out of office.

At 11:27 PM, Blogger FaulknA said...

What will I use to start a fire in my woodstove next year?

At 6:29 AM, Blogger Hank Sims said...

Hey, Faulkna --

Are they still publishing that free Mendo County paper? That one that was coming out monthly four or five years back?

I can't remember what it was called, but I know Dan Hamburg's daughter was running it. It had columns from Bruce Haldane and Barry Vogel.

At 5:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is this really a problem? It seems like more micromanagement of people's lives by the ever increasing Big Brother. How many papers is too many? Five? Ten?
Lots of people take papers when their kid is in the paper, or a friend, so they can give copies to the family, is that now illegal? Seems to me when some public official takes to stealing papers to try to hide bad press, they invariably get caught and it is a death blow to their career.


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