My Mother, The Felon

Go Ahead, Punks.  Make Her Day.

From Right Wing News, this (Sorry, you may have to scroll up a bit to get to the top of the article).

Congress swiftly leapt into action and passed the “Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008.” The act required manufacturers to obtain an certificate showing the products were tested for hazardous materials prior to sale.

And it applies to micro-businesses that make organic, home made products in America, like your Grannie who makes a quilt for the church bazaar.

And my mother.

How will this affect the little guy selling things on Ebay? He or she is finished:

And all the products sold on eBay or Craigslist will also require such certificates of compliance or they will be breaking the law. Also affected: millions of charities, which will no longer be able to accept donations without a certificate of compliance. And this certificate can only be obtained through expensive testing by an SCPC-accredited laboratory.” Without such certificates, billions of dollars worth of uncertified children’s products will have to be destroyed because they can’t be legally sold without an CPSI-certificate of compliance, and this will cause major environmental problems,” said Massachusetts campaigner Kiki Fluhr.

This Act has no Grandfather rule, so products made before it is enacted are not exempt from the rule, meaning tons of products may just be tossed in the garbage rather than tested and sold:

She says the new law will turn micro-businesses like hers into illegal manufacturers of “hazardous substances’ overnight. Kuhr says that ‘even granny’s home-made quilts sold in the local arts-and-crafts shop won’t be exempt from this new law’. And the pre-existing stock from homecraft-shops also will have to be dumped as ‘contraband’, she said, because the Act is retroactive, and without the required certificate of compliance, all such products will be deemed to contain ‘banned, hazardous substances’ after February 10.

I’d love to see them try to serve her.

H/T to Little Miss Attila for the link.

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2 Comments on “My Mother, The Felon”

  1. Becky Says:

    This says products specifically for children under 12, and it has some exemptions, but it’s still a poorly thought out piece of legislation.


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