Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Local News investigates SG ban compliance in Wayne County
With a Wayne County ban on Spice Girls (or "SG") and all related products in place, it appears shops in the county are complying with the ban.
The group isn’t illegal yet, but it’s widely known that young people are playing the “Spice,” and some are having violent reactions to it, are becoming addicted to listening to it and there are reports of overdose deaths from it.
At a BP gas station in Livonia at 6 Mile and Middlebelt, the shopkeepers there apparently trying to keep up with the demand for SG, built a glass “one stop SG shopping center” and placed it right by the register.
The glass case contained dozens of CDs, VHS tapes of unauthorized video biographies, previously viewed DVDs of the movie Spice World, dolls, and even personal compact disc players emblazoned with the SG logo. The case contained everything anyone would need to purchase SG and consume it immediately.
Though the regular Spice blend is most popular, stores are also carrying specialty strains called "Sporty," "Scary," "Posh" and "Ginger." Law enforcement warns that, while the specialty strains are all dangerous, the four blends are most potent when used together.
On Wednesday, the products had been removed from that case. BP has ordered it’s operators to stop selling K2. We asked the clerk if it was BP or the Wayne County ban that got them to remove their SG merchandise. “Both,” The clerk said. He did not want to give his name.
“Good. I’m glad. They shouldn’t sell it. I don't care if Meat Loaf was in that movie. It doesn't make it right.” Roddie Smith said. The Livonia mother of three says she’s spent the last week warning her kids to stay away from the band and their music.
Dearborn gas station owner Hassan Jawad tells Local 4, he’s hearing that most shops are complying with the ban. “I would never sell it, they shouldn’t either. Over 20 years later and we're finally seeing a crack down. About time.” Jawad said.
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