Nurseryman Takes Stand Against State Inspection
But the state’s new consumer protection commissioner said the complaint is mulch ado about nothing.Paul Peszynski, owner of Paul and Sandy Too, said inspectors from the consumer department’s weights and measures division Wednesday wanted to check the volume of 48 3 cubic foot bags of bark mulch.The inspectors would have to open all of the premeasured bags to measure the mulc Nike Shoes h, place the mulch back in the bag and place a state inspection seal on it. Mulch is measured by volume.But when the inspectors refused to pay for the bags of mulch, their request was denied.The customers are not going to take a ripped bag” of mulch, Peszynski said. The bags were priced at $4.59.The inspectors threatened to return with police to complete their inspection.Peszynski contacted his attorney, John Maxwell, as well as state Sen. Eileen Daily, D Westbrook, state Rep. Terry Concannon, D Haddam, Town Manager Alan Bergren, town council Chairman Robert Heidel, Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce President Lawrence D. McHugh, and owners of other local businesses. The inspectors did not return, but Peszynski said they could come back at any time.They employ Gestapo techniques,” he said. They can come on our property without a warrant.We’re trying to e Nike Shoes stablish a friendly climate for businesses in the state, and this is contrary to that,” Concannon said.Daily said she has sent a letter to Gov. John G. Rowland asking him Nike Shoes to have Consumer Protection Commissioner Mark A. Shiffrin re evaluate methods of inspection.But Shiffrin, reached later Thursday, said inspecting premeasured bags of bark mulch protects the consumer and retailer from being cheated.It’s not a question of retailers being at fault,” he said. This is not a singling out of Paul and Sandy’s. We have inspected 17 retail locations around the state.”Shiffrin said the department received several complaints this month and in March about bark mulch being short of the stated volume on the bags.We’ve inspected 16,442 packages of mulch,” he said. More than a quarter of the packages came up short, he said.This is not a question of ripping open a pretty package. This does not affect the ability to sell mulch,” Shiffrin said. I have no problem with the way this was handled.”Peszynski said no complaints w Nike Shoes ere filed against his store. He said he was simply caught in the random check of nurseries and other retailers of garden merchandise.