A proposal to require Roseburg secondhand stores to keep detailed records of transactions, even to the point of collecting birth dates from customers, represents a burden and an invasion of privacy. According to police, thrift shops can be clearinghouses for stolen property. The goals of the ordinance are unassailable — recover stolen property and apprehend thieves. But in this case, the ends don’t justify the means. Police have yet to make a strong case that Roseburg secondhand stores are stuffed with pilfered goods. Yet a proposal drafted by police would intrude into the business of secondhand store operators and customers …
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