Louisiana Won’t Cash In

Do you ever shop at yard sale? Go to a flea market or used book store? Purchase anything at a thrift store, Goodwill or second hand clothes shop? If you live in Louisiana, you are not allowed to shop at these places and pay cash for your purchase.

Outrageous? Yes, but this bill was passed almost unanimously over the summer by the Republican controlled legislature and signed into law by Republican Gov. Bobby Jindhal.

House Bill 195 was introduced by Democrat Rickey Hardy. A self employed businessman who owns a house washing and law care company, Hardy sponsored this bill that says those who buy and sell secondhand goods cannot use cash for those transactions. It is prohibited to do so. The thinking is (if you can call that thinking) that it will stop the fencing of stolen goods. Police will be able to trace criminals who steal and resell by following a paper trail. But once again, the innocent American loses some of his freedom in the “interest” of curtailing crime.

Lawyer Thad Ackel Jr. said “the government is placing a significant restriction on individuals transacting in their own private property.” The law seems to go against the whole purpose of paper money which is “this note is legal tender for all debts, public and private” that our forefathers intended. Yet, a court in another state upheld a similar move noting that you can use a check which is a merely a mid point because you can cash it.

In essence, the law makes it illegal to sell used goods or to purchase them with cash. Do you think police will now have to patrol neighborhoods looking for illegal yard sales? How pathetic.

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