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New Law Requires Photo ID To Buy Drain Cleaner
January 5, 2012 6:34 PM
CHICAGO (CBS) – A new state law requires those who buy drain cleaners
and other caustic substances to provide photo identification and sign a
It’s getting a rough reception from customers and merchants alike
although perhaps none more than a cashier at Schroeder’s True Value
Hardware in Lombard.
“They’re not very happy about it at all,” said Don Schroeder, one of the
store’s owners. “One of the customers actually threatened the (cashier)
and threatened to throw the acid on her.”
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Although the customer did not make good on the threat, and no one called
police, other employees of Schroeder’s said they would call police
immediately if any similar threat is made.
The law, which took effect Sunday, requires those who seek to buy
caustic or noxious substances, except for batteries, to provide
government-issued photo identification that shows their name and date of
birth. The cashier then must log the name and address, the date and time
of the purchase, the type of product, the brand and even the net weight.
State Rep. Jack Franks (D-Woodstock) obtained passage of the new law
following attacks in which drain cleaner was poured on two Chicago
women, badly scarring them.
“So that’s who I have to call,” Schroeder said.
He said that when he called his local legislator, the legislator claimed
not to know about the new law. Neither, he said, did other retailers in
the area. He said he and other store personnel had to call to a number
of stores before they could get details.
Non-compliance results in fines: $150 for the first offense, $500 for
the second and up to $1,500 for the third and subsequent violations.
Schroeder estimated that there are “easily” 30 or more products in the
store that must be reported when sold.
Jewel-Osco has removed the few items it carried from its shelves, but
Schroeder said he does not have that option as a hardware store. He said
he does not believe that the precautions written into the bill will
prevent such crimes from occurring.
“How are they going to find out, by asking every customer, what kid
might have done that? It’s not going to solve any problems,” Schroeder
said. “It’s not going to cure anything.”
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