|Plastic Pat Ahumada|
|City Attorney Mark "The Sossi" Sossi|
|BISD Trustee Cata Presas-Garcia Speaking Against Ban|
Soon, Brownsville shoppers were walking out of H.E.B., pushing shopping carts of loose grocery items, unprotected meat and ice cream in the 100 degree Fahrenheit heat, with eggs in styrofoam cartons tumbling from the bottom of the cart to smash on the hot asphalt. Oh, bags were available for a single George Washington, that is, a dollar, greenback or buck.
When asked why poor people should pay a dollar for a sack to take out their groceries, Pat Ahumada replied: "Poor people litter too!" Had Pat made that profound statement in 2016 someone would quickly have founded the organization "Poor People's Lives Matter."
The Texas 4th Court of Appeals may have given the poor in Brownsville a helping hand. They just swatted down Laredo's copycat version of Brownsville's anti-plastic bag ban, citing the law as "unenforceable." The Laredo Merchants Association had challenged the law in 2015.