Oh yeah, in the capital of the greatest state in all of the USA, Austin, TX, there's a new and strange ban being put into place that's going to make things very different there, this takes "keep Austin weird" to a whole new level!  Yeah, it's weird, but the city has began a ban on single use bags.  Like what you put your produce in at the store, what your groceries get bagged in, even what parents pack lunches for their children in.  Single use bags are banned in Austin due to "environmental concern".

And I get it, makes sense, but is this really the solution to this problem?

Pro News 7 reports on the story:

"Austin on Friday started its ban on certain thin paper and plastic bags amid environmental concerns. The Austin City Council a year ago approved the ordinance.

Retailers will be allowed to offer thicker plastic and paper bags with handles, which Austin officials consider reusable. Retailers will decide whether to charge for those bags. Customers can also take reusable bags to stores."

Exemptions from the ban include dry cleaning bags, newspaper delivery bags, some types of takeout food bags and bags used for fish, meat, poultry, produce, bulk goods and pharmaceuticals.

Businesses that do not comply could face a Class C misdemeanor punishable by daily fines of up to $2,000, that's daily, $2,000 a day until they comply to the new ban!  WOWZA!