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Sunday, March 1, 2020

Shaping the Customer, by Legislation

For John, BLUFAnother intrusion in the lives of the ordinary citizens, who are doing no harm.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From Sarah Palin, by Mr Lawrence Richard, 28 February 2020.

Here is the lede plus one:

A new bill in the California legislature will force retailers to provide a new gender-neutral section in their stores, removing what is commonly known as “boy and girl sections.”

As the Daily Wire reports, Democratic Assemblyman Evan Low introduced Assembly Bill 2826 (AB-2826) to require “retail department stores with more than 500 employees” to have gender-neutral areas.  Retailers that do not comply could be subject to a “civil penalty of $1,000.”

Low’s proposal addresses what he claims are customer complaints of being unable to compare products between sections.  It also addresses sections that “incorrectly” imply gender-specific clothes are only appropriately worn by their identifying genders.

It is nice there is a 500 employee floor on this, so that while it would apply to chains like May Comp, it won't apply to small operations.

This is the kind of thinking that limits the freedom of the buying public.  If there was a need for a unisex selling space for school-age customers, stores would have moved to accommodate that need, already.  At the same time, if there are parents, or kids, who like the sales areas separated, they will not get their wish.  The rule about the customer always being right has to be amended to, "unless some busy body in State Government thinks they know better than the shoppers, or feels they need to "shape" the preferences of the buying public in some specific sociological fashion.

Can't we just leave the customers alone, and in particular not make them part of some larger social experiment?

By the way, the California State Assembly has been particularly busy of late, having recently passed AR5.

Regards  —  Cliff

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