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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Tell Nunzio the Cascade's coming in at midnight

Can anyone say, modern version of the Volstead Act? In a year the mob will control Dove, Ajax and Palmolive, Cascade and Electrosol distribution in Washington. This has the makings of a situation comedy

HAPPY GAIA, MORONS

The quest for squeaky-clean dishes has turned some law-abiding people in Spokane into dishwater-detergent smugglers. They are bringing Cascade or Electrasol in from out of joe-horses_ass03_ecomorons.pngstate because the eco-friendly varieties required under Washington state law don't work as well. Spokane County became the launch pad last July for the nation's strictest ban on dishwasher detergent made with phosphates, a measure aimed at reducing water pollution. The ban will be expanded statewide in July 2010, the same time similar laws take effect in several other states.

But it's not easy to get sparkling dishes when you go green.

Many people were shocked to find that products like Seventh Generation, Ecover and Trader Joe's left their dishes encrusted with food, smeared with grease and too gross to use without rewashing them by hand. The culprit was hard water, which is mineral-rich and resistant to soap.

As a result, there has been a quiet rush of Spokane-area shoppers heading east on Interstate 90 into Idaho in search of old-school suds.

Real estate agent Patti Marcotte of Spokane stocks up on detergent at a Costco in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, and doesn't care who knows it.

"Yes, I am a smuggler," she said. "I'm taking my chances because dirty dishes I cannot live with."

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1 Comments:

Blogger midnight rider said...

What do yu want to bet they stiffer jail terms for a bottle of Palmolive than for bringing in a few grams of heroin?

Tuesday, March 31, 2009 10:08:00 pm  

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