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(Philly.com)   The tyranny of government control over spud packaging sizes may finally be lifted from the weary citizens of Pennsylvania, letting them breathe the sweet freedom of four-pound bags of taters   (philly.com) divider line 33
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2013-11-22 09:49:20 AM
So now you will be able to buy 4 lb bags for the same price you were paying for 5 lb bags.
 
2013-11-22 09:51:07 AM

oldernell: So now you will be able to buy 4 lb bags for the same price you were paying for 5 lb bags.


Actually, I just bought a 10 pound bag of russets that cost the same as the 5 pound bag.  But I had no idea my freedom had been so radically restricted by the government.

Good thing I have lots of guns.
 
2013-11-22 10:02:34 AM
I didn't even know this was a thing, but it makes perfect sense here.

Ah, Pennsylvania.
 
2013-11-22 12:08:00 PM
Before you could only buy a six pack of potatoes at the farm stand (or any place that sold french fries) or a case of 48 at the potato distributors, and even then only Monday-Saturday.
 
2013-11-22 12:26:48 PM
This is now the fifth post in this thread and nobody has made a "count to potato" joke. There's not even one in the headline. Who the hell are you people.
 
2013-11-22 12:30:06 PM

Pocket Ninja: This is now the fifth post in this thread and nobody has made a "count to potato" joke. There's not even one in the headline. Who the hell are you people.


Dan Quayle, mostly.
 
2013-11-22 12:48:36 PM
I knew it! Libruls tryin to make us fat so we cants fights back!
 
2013-11-22 12:49:00 PM
Coming up on the news in 5 months: "Why is this 20 pound bag of potatoes only 15 pounds?"

/Well da guvment got rid of 'exact' weights, so f*ck you , thats why.
 
2013-11-22 12:49:56 PM
I couldn't find that 'American Potato' spoof of the American Thinker logo, so here's this instead:

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2013-11-22 12:51:03 PM

Pocket Ninja: This is now the fifth post in this thread and nobody has made a "count to potato" joke. There's not even one in the headline. Who the hell are you people.


Forgive them, sensei, for they lack your wit.
 
2013-11-22 12:57:01 PM

Pocket Ninja: This is now the fifth post in this thread and nobody has made a "count to potato" joke. There's not even one in the headline. Who the hell are you people.


Still spent after the Latvia thread from last night.
 
2013-11-22 12:57:41 PM
mrwgifs.com
 
2013-11-22 12:58:26 PM
Just smell the freedom fries!
 
2013-11-22 01:01:41 PM

"Rules are not necessarily sacred, principles are." - Rand Paul

 
2013-11-22 01:02:57 PM
I guess it's kind of stupid regulation, but wouldn't farmers want relatively consistent packaging for ease of keeping track of inventory?

/meh, what do I know about potato farming
 
2013-11-22 01:04:54 PM
So 'Potato' is an actual political platform.  Who knew?

/oh wait...we all did.
 
2013-11-22 01:07:49 PM

sheep snorter: Coming up on the news in 5 months: "Why is this 20 pound bag of potatoes only 15 pounds?"

/Well da guvment got rid of 'exact' weights, so f*ck you , thats why.


Am I the only one who has bulk potatoes at their grocery store that you can bag and weigh yourself?
 
2013-11-22 01:15:42 PM
I'm from Pennsyltucky and I had no idea that this was a thing. I assumed that it the size of bags were the result of industry standards.
 
2013-11-22 01:18:23 PM
It would be interesting to look at the reasoning behind the law when it was passed.
 
2013-11-22 01:23:20 PM

wingedkat: It would be interesting to look at the reasoning behind the law when it was passed.


Probably because people were selling 2lb 9oz bags that looked like 3lb bags to make people think they were getting a good deal, etc.
 
2013-11-22 01:33:50 PM
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2013-11-22 01:34:35 PM
Yes yes, remove stupid laws from the books, yes yes

but

Why was this a law in the first place?  Anybody have any clue?  I can't find a single snit of info on it and I think... I think it's important to know.
 
2013-11-22 01:48:43 PM

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: Before you could only buy a six pack of potatoes at the farm stand (or any place that sold french fries) or a case of 48 at the potato distributors, and even then only Monday-Saturday.


But you still have to go to the state store if you want hash browns.
 
2013-11-22 01:49:38 PM

sheep snorter: Coming up on the news in 5 months: "Why is this 20 pound bag of potatoes only 15 pounds?"

/Well da guvment got rid of 'exact' weights, so f*ck you , thats why.


Eye see what you did there but it's pretty clear that your brain is either mashed or fried. Or perhaps it's a tuber?
 
2013-11-22 01:57:52 PM

oldernell: So now you will be able to buy 4 lb bags for the same price you were paying for 5 lb bags.


Just noticed that the 10lb bag was only 8lb yesterday when I was getting stuff for the day before Black Friday sales.
 
2013-11-22 02:31:17 PM

wingedkat: It would be interesting to look at the reasoning behind the law when it was passed.


This.

The general laws for fair weights & measures would have taken care of the 2lb 12 oz bag being fraudulently sold as a 3lb package.  Why did they have a special law just for potatoes?
 
2013-11-22 03:04:09 PM

Pocket Ninja: This is now the fifth post in this thread and nobody has made a "count to potato" joke. There's not even one in the headline. Who the hell are you people.


I've been artificially forced to buy so many potatoes that counting to potato has lost it's meaning.  It's entirely the fault of intrusive government regulations.

/subby
//so ashamed
 
2013-11-22 03:17:03 PM

oldernell: So now you will be able to buy 4 lb bags for the same price you were paying for 5 lb bags.


Yep. Sure as shiat. And I'll be in the market looking at 6 different brands doing the math per pound instead of just buying the cheapest one. Of course, until they all switch to 4 pounds. And then I have to buy 2 bags of potatoes to make one legit pot of mashed for a big meal.

I ain't saying the government should mandate this, but there's SOME things it'd be nice if they didn't fark with, like they did with ice cream going from a half gal to 48 oz, or OJ going from a half gal to 59 oz..

I guess the 3.5 quart jug of milk is next.
 
2013-11-22 03:30:09 PM

Kid Lester: oldernell: So now you will be able to buy 4 lb bags for the same price you were paying for 5 lb bags.

Yep. Sure as shiat. And I'll be in the market looking at 6 different brands doing the math per pound instead of just buying the cheapest one. Of course, until they all switch to 4 pounds. And then I have to buy 2 bags of potatoes to make one legit pot of mashed for a big meal.

I ain't saying the government should mandate this, but there's SOME things it'd be nice if they didn't fark with, like they did with ice cream going from a half gal to 48 oz, or OJ going from a half gal to 59 oz..

I guess the 3.5 quart jug of milk is next.


You know that they list the price per ounce on the shelf tag, right?
 
2013-11-22 04:05:48 PM

Kid Lester: oldernell: So now you will be able to buy 4 lb bags for the same price you were paying for 5 lb bags.

Yep. Sure as shiat. And I'll be in the market looking at 6 different brands doing the math per pound instead of just buying the cheapest one. Of course, until they all switch to 4 pounds. And then I have to buy 2 bags of potatoes to make one legit pot of mashed for a big meal.

I ain't saying the government should mandate this, but there's SOME things it'd be nice if they didn't fark with, like they did with ice cream going from a half gal to 48 oz, or OJ going from a half gal to 59 oz..

I guess the 3.5 quart jug of milk is next.


PA fixes not only the quantities of milk you can sell at retail, but the price as well.
 
2013-11-22 05:11:12 PM
The Republican from Schuylkill County added: "This is another example of undue government intrusion that only frustrates consumers and taxpayers with another unnecessary bureaucracy."

Sorry dude, your "Consumers and taxpayers" not only don't know that they can't buy a bag of potatoes that is only 4 lbs., but they DON'T CARE. Sure, it might be a silly law, but it really isn't causing any undue harm, as you seem to want to imply.
 
2013-11-22 09:54:37 PM
"Freedom fries at last, Freedom fries at last, Thank God almighty we have freedom fries at last"

~Rand Paul.

/As a complete aside I had some scalloped potatoes the other night that were totally awesome. I really need to learn how to make those.
 
2013-11-23 01:20:49 PM
I read that as "tranny"
 
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