Certainly, some things are running away, anyway:
A Tesco supermarket has had 500 of its shopping baskets stolen after a 5p charge for plastic carrier bags was introduced last year.
The store in Denbighshire, north-east Wales, has just 16 baskets left following the surge in theft.
Cash-strapped shoppers, who refuse to pay for plastic bags, are flogging the baskets for £25 each on eBay.
That shouldn’t tax our police, then. Or doesn’t the Theft Act cover eBay?
The store has been hit hard since Wales became the first place to introduce a 5p charge for all plastic bags in supermarkets last October.
The tax on plastic bags has seen the number given away by shops fall by up to 96 per cent, according to figures released in July.
The tax’s success is a vindication of the Daily Mail’s Banish the Bags campaign.
I’ve reas that a few times, and I really, really can’t see how they rationalise mass theft as a ‘success’.
A Tesco spokesman admitted that the theft of shopping baskets was a problem and said: ‘We are in the process of implementing measures to help stop baskets being taken from the store in future.’
Maybe you’ll need a £1 coin for them too in future?