“One of Illinois’ new laws requires consumers to reach for their identification as well as their cash when they have a clogged drain,” qconline.com reports. “The law that took effect Sunday requires a valid identification to buy products containing chemicals listed within the Federal Caustic Poison Act in concentrations that require the warning ’causes severe burns’ on the packaging. Targeted substances include hydrochloric and sulfuric acids. Purchasers also must sign a log with their name and address. ‘We’re looking at Drano, Liquid-Plumr — those are the big ones,’ Rep. Rich Morthland, R-Cordova, said.” Health and safety run amok, you ask? Nanny state making sure you don’t hurt yourself? Nope. In the Land of Lincoln, Drano is considered a dangerous weapon . . .
The law was proposed after acid was used as a weapon to cause disfiguring injuries, according to the Illinois Senate Republicans’ website. State Rep. Morthland said he heard committee testimony from victims of such attacks whose horrific injuries required multiple surgeries . . .
Failure to comply is a business offense under to the law with fines up to $150 for the first violation, $500 for the second and $1,500 for the third and any subsequent violations within 12 months.
Mr. Trevor said people wanting to misuse the substances likely still will find a way to circumvent safeguards. He said he has heard some grumbling from customers, but there is not much choice right now.
“If they need a drain cleaned, they are going to buy the product,” he said.
Why does the name Raymond Patriarca suddenly spring to mind? [h/t to APBTFan for the link]