38 percent of businesses not complying with D.C. 5-cent bag fee

It's been nearly 18 months since the District started enforcing its controversial bag tax, requiring a five-cent fee for each paper or plastic bag provided to customers.


Since the law began, a ''secret shopper'' has randomly inspected businesses to see if they're charging that fee.

And 38 percent of them are not.

Out of 208 businesses inspected across the District, the department gave 80 of them warnings for not charging the fee.

And when businesses were reinspected, 27percent were repeat offenders. Resulting in a fine of up to $100.