Thursday, September 27, 2007
When real life follows a Seinfeld script:
Authorities said they arrested 13 people and seized more than $500,000 in cash after breaking up a smuggling ring that collected millions of beverage containers in other states and cashed them in for 10 cents apiece in Michigan...
The probe recalled a 1996 episode of "Seinfeld" in which two characters learn about Michigan's 10-cent deposit law and head there with a truckload of 5-cent New York cans, hoping to cash in on the difference, before getting sidetracked.
"A half-million in cash is not 'Seinfeld' humor," Cox spokesman Matt Frendewey said.
It is kind of Kramer-esque, though, that Michigan loses about $13 million every year this way and still doesn't seem to have a solution to the problem.