Michigan’s New Shoe Repair Bill May Surprise You
You might think I’m a little crazy, but I love the smell of leather and the smell of walking into a shoe repair shop. I guess this is from my uncle Ernie who had a few shoemakers when I was a kid. There were quite a few on the south side of Chicago.
We used to hang out there when we were kids and it was fascinating for us to see how he mended the shoes. If we were to help and be patient he would reward us with some good Italian food in the back. I remember the clutter and aggravation it had from people not picking up their stationary shoes.
Pick up your shoes please, or they go
Well it looks like even today some shoe repair stores here in Michigan have the same problem my uncle had years later.
Many people forget and some just decide that these shoes weren’t as important to them and maybe have new ones. Many shoe stores are so crowded and their shelves are full because of it. I imagine dry cleaners have the same problem.
Like at P and S Shoe Repair in Delta Township. Owner Susan Anderson says she has owned them for 15 years. The problem is, Susan says she and other stores can’t get rid of the shoes because of Michigan’s unclaimed property law.
The law, introduced in 1995, says that an article is not considered abandoned until after three years. While it was created to protect things like unclaimed homes, it also applies to footwear. But a bill introduced by state representative Angela Witwer would provide a solution.
Funny thing is Governor Whitmer goes to P&S and is a customer. So, all for House Bill 4994, which would allow shoemaker owners like Anderson to donate unclaimed shoes after 6 months.
What happens if the shoes are not picked up
It’s a great idea and a win, a win for everyone if you ask me. Susan says she will bring unclaimed shoes to Goodwill, St. Vincent to help those less fortunate. very cool.
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