Skip to comments.Clothing Store Fined $3.9 Million by Feds Over Drawstrings
Posted on 08/26/2013 9:10:49 PM PDT by Nachum
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) wanted to send a message by fining a department store almost $4 million after they failed to report immediately to the federal government that they were selling childrens clothing with drawstrings.
Ross Stores, Inc. settled with the agency in June, agreeing to pay a $3.9 million civil penalty after they knowingly failed to report to CPSC immediately, as required by federal law, that it sold or held for sale, about 23,000 childrens upper outerwear garments with drawstrings at the neck or waist.
The company said it settled to avoid costly litigation and denies violating a guideline to report childrens clothing with drawstrings to the CPSC, which the commission contends is hazardous. According to the commission, drawstrings have been responsible for 26 deaths.
Childrens garments with drawstrings are not banned, but retailers can face substantial fines for not reporting the apparel to the agency.
The fine was the largest the commission has handed down in recent years for violating the policy, on top of the millions the agency has collected from big-name retailers for failing to notify the government that it had garments with drawstrings in childrens sizes in stock.
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“I’d like to report a drawstring.”
Ok, then what?
“Childrens garments with drawstrings are not banned, but retailers can face substantial fines for not reporting the apparel to the agency.”
So the drawstrings themselves aren’t as dangerous as not reporting the drawstrings?
“Department store fined 3.9 million for not “Respecting my authoritay!”.
Hoodies got dem drawstrangs
I want my country back.
a competitor with better finance contributions and connections, probably a chain like Costco or Target,etc connected to someone like Pelosi has connections in the CPSC who can wield these arbitrary and capricious rules to enforce a brand of cronie capitalism and federal racketeering ia more like it
The Consumer Product Safety Commission sent a message, all right.
The message: “We are a bunch of anti-business jack-booted thugs who could never make it in the private sector, so we’re going to harass, hassle and bankrupt those of you who are. Got it.”
What's left of it.
Did you really think we want those laws observed?” said Dr. Ferris. “We want them to be broken. You’d better get it straight that it’s not a bunch of boy scouts you’re up against... We’re after power and we mean it... There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What’s there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced or objectively interpreted and you create a nation of law-breakers and then you cash in on guilt. Now that’s the system, Mr. Reardon, that’s the game, and once you understand it, you’ll be much easier to deal with. ― Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged
“That’s nice. Thank you for reporting it to us. Carry on.”
guess I forgot the /sarc
Drawstrings bad, gummint good!
I wonder everyday exactly what will be ENOUGH for us to FINALLY
become angry enough to TAKE OUR REPUBLIC BACK!!! This article
SHOULD be more than ENOUGH for us and ALL businesses BUT
unfortunately we will just go on and OBEY these senseless regulations!!
We have all become quiet sheep!!!
Are Ross stores union?
In the good old Soviet Union the government wasn’t as evolved to regulate drawstrings, you can bet!
With Pelosi I think it’s crone capitalism
The government is focused on draw strings while welfare kids are murdering out of boredom. This is what hell looks like.
Heck no, they turn a profit.
What is the political angle? Who offended Obama? /not kidding
This s/h/b enough:
Gibson described as “two hostile raids on its factories by agents carrying weapons and attired in SWAT gear where employees were forced out of the premises, production was shut down, goods were seized as contraband and threats were made that would have forced the business to close.”
In one raid, the feds hauled away ebony fingerboards, alleging they violated Madagascar law. Gibson responded by obtaining the sworn word of the African island’s government that no law had been broken.
In another raid, the feds found materials imported from India, claiming they too moved across the globe in violation of Indian law. Gibson’s response was that the feds had simply misinterpreted Indian law.
Interestingly, one of Gibson’s leading competitors is C.F. Martin & Co. According to C.F. Martin’s catalog, several of their guitars contain “East Indian Rosewood,” which is the exact same wood in at least 10 of Gibson’s guitars. So why were they not also raided and their inventory of foreign wood seized?
Grossly underreported at the time was the fact that Gibson’s chief executive, Henry Juszkiewicz, contributed to Republican politicians. Recent donations have included $2,000 to Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., and $1,500 to Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.
By contrast, Chris Martin IV, the Martin & Co. CEO, is a long-time Democratic supporter, with $35,400 in contributions to Democratic candidates and the Democratic National Committee over the past couple of election cycles.
Here is the blunt answer why: Even with all this corrupt cr@p, even with all the attempts to subjugate us, the foundations of this nation are so strong that most of us productive people can still grind on and live better than just about anyone else in all of history ever has.
But that won’t last much longer...
You're supposed to say, "Dog Kennels."
I think the truth will come out soon enough.
When I was a kid I took that warning seriously, but I didn’t understand it. One day I cut off the tag and nothing happened. (I hope I’m past the Statute of Limitations)
It's maddening. At least most Freepers want to do something, but we're frustrated, because voting for Republicans isn't getting us anywhere. Our options are becoming fewer.
I’m pretty sure those tags aren’t meant for the end user, John (or Jane) Q. Public.
When I was a kid, there was a “Do Not Remove Under Penalty of Law” tag underneath the seat of a dining room chair in my parent’s dining room. I ripped off the tag, and smugly looked around, feeling like I just committed one of the great crimes of the 20th century. Ironically, America was much freer in those days.
Bingo. This whole damn thing stinks of another Gibson Guitar style attack by the democrat operatives who are butthurt for not generating revenue from a particular company or representative.
Therefore, the democrats use thug tactics to attack the organization in a petty and spiteful revenge move.
Somebody at CPSC needs to learn how dangerous a baseball bat can be.
Take out ROSS; they’re weak.
Whatever you do don’t touch WALMART or Target or any other Chicom purveyor controlling access to our ports.
(Don’t believe WALMART controls our ports? Try to be “first in line” coming in to offload in front of a WALMART controlled ship. See you at anchor!)
Just wait until the Gubmint figures out how to bankrupt those Duck Dynasty guys.
Hey, where’s that bright orange tip on that Duck Call? Don’t you Redneck Christians know about the Duck Protection Presidential Decree?
Oh you’ll get it back alright. You’ll get it back when it so messed up nobody will have it.
Since it is not illegal why do they have to report anything?
Beat me to it.
I think you nailed it with the quote from Ayn Rand!
Now how to make the Feds eat it.
How much id Ross Stores donate to leftists & Democrats?
what Statute of Limitations?
Nobody is going to give you anything. If you won't fight for it, you don't deserve it.
It is always a temptation to an armed and agile nation To call upon a neighbour and to say: -- "We invaded you last night--we are quite prepared to fight, Unless you pay us cash to go away." And that is called asking for Dane-geld, And the people who ask it explain That you've only to pay 'em the Dane-geld And then you'll get rid of the Dane! It is always a temptation for a rich and lazy nation, To puff and look important and to say: -- "Though we know we should defeat you, we have not the time to meet you. We will therefore pay you cash to go away." And that is called paying the Dane-geld; But we've proved it again and again, That if once you have paid him the Dane-geld You never get rid of the Dane. It is wrong to put temptation in the path of any nation, For fear they should succumb and go astray; So when you are requested to pay up or be molested, You will find it better policy to say: -- "We never pay any-one Dane-geld, No matter how trifling the cost; For the end of that game is oppression and shame, And the nation that pays it is lost!"
Obama’s regime is using various gov’t agencies to go after business people throughout the U.S. in order to shake them down for money. This is an intentional gov’t sweep throughout our land to add money to the gov’t coffers to be used for other purposes by Obama. Payoffs to his constituency through renamed Acorn organizations, money to community organizers, money to try to buy off Union loyalty, payoffs through crony capitalism (such as Solyndra type green businesses to appease the environmental whacko’s).
Obama, through the Attorney General Eric Holder, shakes down the banks with great regularity on minor regulatory (alleged) infractions to rob them of their money through huge fines. He goes after industries the same way, to rob them, or bend them to his will. Or rewards them through crony capitalism if they do his bidding.
More of the whole purpose of Obama’s regime, to fundamentally change our society into a Fascist/Marxist/Socialist country modeled after the EU socialist countries. This man is a danger to our country like no other President in history. He is worse than FDR or Johnson ever were, as he is not an American at heart. He is alien to our needs as a country. And he is also a Muslim at heart. Our very own Manchurian candidate, now President.
This is kafkaesque. The government has out-Kafka'd Kafka.
-— This is Kafkaesque. -—
I’m not usually into art films, but Orson Welles’ movie adaptation of “The Trial” is worth the time. It’s surrealistic, but convey’s the nightmarish, suffocating nature of the 20th century police state like no other.
Was Trayvon OG (Original Gangsta) or New School? Did his hoodie have now-illegal drawstrings?
I was just joking about taking the tag off the mattress
Thank heaven you were only joking about tearing off that mattress tag. Maybe that Black Maria in your driveway will go away now. Smile smile.
Gibson's own email showed that it knew the import of the Madagascar ebody was illegal. Gibson never received the sworn word of the Malagasy government that the wood could be shipped; in face, Roger Thuman's wood was under government seizer at the time it was sold to Gibson through Theodore Nagel Gmbh, using actual or forged paperwork from a rebel group in the country, rather than the ministry that was authorized to permit shipping.
Nagel immediately announced on its website that it would no longer accept Malagasy paperwork unless verfied by a third party.
As for the East Indian wood, the Harmonized Tariff Code was changed twice on the shipment after shipping, the import paperwork didn't show Gibson as the consignee, the shipping containers were inaccurately marked as to contents, the importer (Luthier Mercantial International) didn't fill out the Lacy Act Paperwork . . . the wood was legally contraband at shipment.
It had nothing to do with use of the wood.
Just search my name and the Gibson raids on FRee Republic for detailed accounts of the raid, Gibson internal emails, etc.
Gibson knew what it was doing was illegal.