Reminder: Those Milk Crates Holding Your Vinyl Make You a Criminal

Categories: Oh, Really?

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Milk Crate Review
Yes, it's true: As our friends over at Modern Farmer remind us today, taking (or long-term borrowing, whatever you want to call it) milk crates from legit dairies or supermarkets for your personal use is, um, a crime! (At least if you have more than five.) Which is too bad, because as we all know, they're incredibly useful, very-low-cost storage containers for many things, including vinyl records, or whatever needs to go on the back of your bicycle. The theft of milk crates is estimated to cost the dairy industry $80 million a year, and is a serious-enough thing that there's a whole website dedicated to the problem. You cyclists and vinyl hoarders aren't exactly the scourge of the industry; the worst offenders are large-scale thieving operations, which grind the crates up and usually recycle the material.

But dairy crates are made of petroleum-based plastic, which takes considerable environmental resources to produce. Each one costs dairies about $4. So go buy your own already.

-- @iPORT


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mrericsir
mrericsir topcommenter

Okay, but how are they going to prove that a milk crate is stolen and not purchased legitimately?

alexthex0
alexthex0

@mrericsir if you follow the link it says that in california...
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Makes it a crime for an unauthorized person to possess more than five plastic merchandise shells, milk cases or milk crates"

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