Believe it or not this is a serious issue. Dairy product manufactures lose on the average 5,000 milk cases per year. This loss in materials accounts for a $15,000 – $20,000 loss in revenues, which in turn effects our bottom line. This also effects the price of your milk. If you see someone using a milk case for furniture, to store garage tools or parts, a bike basket or on a semi for chains, please ask them to return them to the dairy manufacturer listed on the case. Just a warning, the unauthorized use or possession of milk cases by other than registered owner is actually punishable by law. This is in accordance with the Criminal Code of Oregon, which provides that a person commits Theft in the Second Degree, of property (with a total value of less than $200) when, with intent to deprive another of property or to appropriate property to himself/herself or to a third person, he/she:
- Takes, appropriates, obtains, or withholds property from an owner thereof; or
- Comes into control of property of another person that he/she knows or has good reason to know to have been lost, mislaid or delivered under a mistake, if he/she fails to take reasonable measure to restore the property to the owner; or
- Receives, retains, conceals or disposes of property of another knowing or having good reason to know that the property was the subject of theft. ORS 164.015(1), (2) and (5).
Theft in the Second Degree is punishable by a maximum of one year in the County Jail or a maximum fine of $2,500,or both. ORS 164.045(2), 161.615(1) and 161.635(1)(a). To arrange for pick up of your surplus supply of milk cases, please contact Chuck Fuller, Distribution/Fleet Manager, Umpqua Dairy Products, Co., (541) 672-2638 ext 120. Thank you for your cooperation with this issue.