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Yesterday, I got something wrong.  I wrote:

There are multiple reports in the Chicago media that the city's lawmakers will consider a proposal to tax retailers retailers who use self-checkout lanes instead of employing cashiers.

According to the story, Eighth Ward Council Member Devon Reid "envisions a tax of about $5,000 per kiosk each year."

It was pointed out to me by a number of MNB readers yesterday that Reid is an elected official in Evanston, Illinois, which, while part of the Chicago metropolitan area, is definitely not Chicago.  

If a self-checkout tax is levied in this case, it will be in Evanston, not Chicago.

Which is still, in my view, a stupid public policy decision.

But, I got a basic fact of the story wrong.

Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa.