The city council’s pooper scooper scam

We can’t stop houses from burning down, and even Dallas’ Only Daily Newspaper has discovered that the police department has been cut to the bone during the budget crisis. But a company figures the city has the the time and the money to buy a system to test dog waste for DNA so we can arrest pooper scooper violators.

This is so silly on so many levels that I can hardly focus to write this post. It would require mandatory dog DNA testing in a city that can’t even run a animal shelter without major scandals. Its backers claim it would generate revenue for the city – no doubt in much the same way red light cameras were supposed to (and didn’t).

But you know what the silliest thing about it is? I wouldn’t be surprised if it eventually showed up on a city council agenda for a vote. It’s just high-tech and cutting edge enough to impress the city staff, which would prepare a snazzy PowerPoint presentation about dog waste volume. And this council is hardly famous for its common sense.


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