New Illinois law requires photo ID to purchase over-the-counter drain cleaner

If you want the plain-old Drano, you don’t need an ID. But if you want to buy the heavy-duty stuff at Home Depot or your local Ace Hardware store, you’ll have to show a photo ID. Your name, address, birth date, time and date of purchase, as well as the net weight of the product purchased will be recorded in a log.

Apparently someone threw drain cleaner at two Chicago women recently, severely scaring their faces. The legislature had to do something of course, and came up with this feel good legislation that will do absolutely nothing to keep some idiot from doing the same thing in the future.

One True Value store owner estimated there was about 30 products they have for sale that fall under the new requirement. From CBS News in Chicago.

A new state law requires those who buy industrial drain cleaners and other caustic substances to provide photo identification and sign a log. …

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. …

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.

I ask one question of the women in Chicago. Do you feel safer now that the legislature has done something?