Last year, Ohio had a scandal where an intern left confidential payroll information in his car and it was stolen by a shady crook.
Pretty bad, right?
Last night, I saw a political ad resurrecting the scandal and sharing that Ohio wants to build another database of people who need emergency loans. I was instantly appalled - another database? Whatever would we do? We must stop the madness!
Then, the ad said 'Vote No on Issue 5.' Ugh - the ad was a big fat lying pile of crap - and it almost fooled me.
I've actually already voted Yes on Issue 5. It has nothing to do with big giant databases. It just caps the interest rate on emergency payday loans (from those not-quite-right check cashing places) at 28% instead of the 391% the companies currently enjoy.
Obviously, emergency loan places want to continue taking advantage of poor, down-on-their-luck Ohioans so they'll say anything to get us to vote against tighter regulations. I didn't think they'd be so incredibly misleading, though!