Danny Westneat / Columnist
Seattleites making a run to the border for … Coke?
Originally published January 31, 2018 at 6:00 am Updated January 31, 2018 at 3:32 pm
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Ahmed Mohamed’s shop in the farthest reaches of West Seattle is so small you can easily miss it. But he’s nevertheless Ground Zero for Seattle’s latest economic experiment.
Mohamed runs West Seattle Halal Market, a two-aisle store specializing in meats and poultry butchered according to Islamic rules. A few shelves in the middle of the store, though, are given over to a popular side product that now has his neighborhood, White Center, literally divided.
“Here is the precious fluid,” Mohamed laughs, showing me around the store.
He holds up a two-liter plastic bottle of Coke.
He once sold it for $2.79. Now it is $4 — a 43 percent increase, due to the city’s new tax on sugary beveragesthat went into effect Jan. 1.
“The customer — they look at the price and then they don’t even talk to you,” Mohamed said. “They just walk away.”
The reason is that a couple hundred feet away, and around the corner of Southwest Roxbury Street, sits a Bartell Drugs. It’s just 15 feet outside the city limits. And spelled out on its main marquee is one source of Mohamed’s problem: “GET YOUR DRINKS HERE,” it reads. “NO SUGAR TAX.”
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Virtually 50% increase.
How can “We, The Sheeple” be so stupid to allow the politicians to do “social engineering” on the populace?
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