The Philadelphia City Council is preparing to pass a bill that will force beer delis to remove protective windows and barriers that separate employees from the customers. The reason?
Because they might hurt customers’ feelings! I kid you not. The Philly city government is going to force the owners of these businesses, who are already in sketchy neighborhoods, to remove a safety feature because seeing them might be make the customers feel bad about themselves and their neighborhoods.
To quote motivational speaker Matt Foley, “Well, la-dee-frikkin-da!”
Who on earth do those city council people think they are? Do they live in those neighborhoods? Do they have to live with the consequences of their decisions? Of course not. Like all good elected officials, they know what is best for everyone else and will use the power of government impose policies on others that will have absolutely no impact on their lives at all.
When the first business owner is murdered, and it is only a matter of time, the blood will be on the city council’s hands. And they will steadfastly pay it no mind.
I don’t think you can overstate just what a violation of those business owners’ rights this is. What an indefensible overreach this is on the part of the government.
In a totally unrelated matter, the murder rate in Philadelphia is more than 3 times the national average. Oh, and this year, it has reached a 5-year high. But none of the victims were city council members, so who cares?
From the Philly Inquirer:
After a nearly daylong hearing attended by more than 200 protesters, a City Council committee Monday approved a measure that would give licensing officials the authority to ban safety glass windows inside beer delis.
The initial bill, as introduced by Bass, would prohibit beer delis and other food establishments that sell alcohol from maintaining or erecting barrier windows between food workers and customers. Bass had called the windows an “indignity,” saying it felt as if beer deli owners were serving food to customers considered dangerous or in “prison.”
After hearing 22 witnesses testify — most in favor of the bill — the seven-member Committee on Public Health and Human Services, chaired by Bass, passed an amended version. The bill now instructs the city’s Department of Licenses and Inspections to “promulgate regulations to provide for the use or removal of any physical barrier” in places that serve food and alcohol by no later than Jan. 1, 2021.
…Adam Xu, chairman of the Asian American Licensed Beverage Association of Philadelphia, said he found the amendment “very confusing.”
He testified passionately that if beer delis were ordered to remove protective windows, other businesses including banks and gas stations may be next.
“We try to be better neighbors,” he said of his association, which he said represents 230 beer delis. “If you can come up with a law to give us better protection, … we will probably tear down this bulletproof glass [ourselves].”
Translation – if you can come up with a way for us not to be robbed and killed, we’ll remove the barriers. Doesn’t sound like too much to ask of Philadelphia’s citizens.
And this place was the birthplace of American freedom? Embarrassing.