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Old November 28th, 2004, 01:19 PM
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Gum lovers to pay the price..

Here in the UK....

Chewing gum could soon be taxed to help pay the 150million-a-year bill for cleaning it off our streets. Each piece of gum discarded on the pavements is estimated to cost 10p to remove. Councils and MPs say that a tax of at least 1p on every packet of gum should be imposed unless the 300million-a-year industry agrees to help with the clean up bill. Tory MP Mark Field said, "Wrigley's make 90% of the chewing gum sold in the UK but make no direct contribution to cleaning up the mess." The Government has proposed classifying gum as litter so anyone dropping it can be fined 50.

Shadow Cabinet minister Nigel Evans warned that a tax on chewing gum would lead to a glut of "gum runners who would smuggle in supplies to beat the tax." And former Labour minister Doug Henderson branded the idea "unworkable nonsense". Taxes are also planned on fast food cartons and cash machine receipts. Is there anything left to tax?

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Old November 28th, 2004, 01:29 PM
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LOL but, watch out! They may start taxing Land Rovers for mud falling off and onto the street!
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Old November 28th, 2004, 01:52 PM
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Singapore had the right idea...
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Old November 29th, 2004, 05:18 PM
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My dad went their a while ago he told me all about it. They get arrested for it. They also get fined or beaten or something fo wearing hats backwards and not flushing public toilets. (don't ask me how they identify the perpetrator.)
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