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Philly to small businesses: How DARE you defend yourself with bullet-proof glass!

December 08th, 2017 by Bookslinger

A Philadelphia city council committee wants small businesses to remove safety glass. Vote pending by whole council.

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/crime/council-bill-removal-safety-glass-windows-beer-delis-meeting-20171208.html

The reporter conflates a couple different issues, so I’m unsure if the real issue is the bullet-resistant plastic windows, or a licensing issue about selling individual cans of beer, and how the 30 seat threshhold figures in.  Snippet:

On Monday, City Council’s Committee on Public Health and Human Services unanimously passed an amended version of a bill introduced by City Councilwoman Cindy Bass, which in part calls for the city’s Department of Licenses and Inspections to come up with rules no later than Jan. 1, 2021, on “the use or removal of any physical barrier” between food servers and customers in a food establishment with 30 or more seats.

Bass has worked to curb neighborhood nuisances and has said that stop-and-go stores, where people can buy single cans of beer from early morning until late at night, foster drug activity and drunkenness. She has also said that some of them don’t serve food as required.

She has called the bullet-resistant windows an “indignity,” saying it felt as if the store owners were serving food to customers considered dangerous or in “prison.” Beer deli owners and their advocates have said that without the windows, their lives would be at risk.

Because beer delis need to have a “restaurant” or “eating place” license from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board to sell malt liquor or beer, and state law requires such places to have seating for at least 30 people, such businesses would have to apply for a city “large establishment license” under Bass’ bill if they want to continue selling beer.

Geez. I went to my local gas station last night to buy sandwiches and had to pay through 1.25″ plastic glass. But if that’s what the owner deems prudent for that location, so be it.

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December 08th, 2017 18:02:40
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Bookslinger
December 8, 2017

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December 10, 2017

As I understand it, there were convenience stores registering themselves as restaurants so they could sell alcohol all night, with seats inside so they were within the letter of the law. Regular convenience stores can have bulletproof glass all they want, but they have to operate under convenience store regulations.


Bookslinger
December 10, 2017

@[], The most commonly accepted methods for licensing restaurants, stores, and other food or alcohol providers involves having things such as a certain number of seats, toilet facilities in a certain ratio to number of seats, a kitchen subject to inspection by city/county/state authorities, proper exhaust hoods/fans with grease traps and fire suppression above all cooking surfaces, grease traps in sewer lines, hot water sinks in kitchen, approved methods for sterilizing cooking utensils, containers, and surfaces, etc.

I could even see *minimum standards* for window material advertised as “bullet resistant”.

But to mandate the _absence_ of bullet-resistant windows in order to force certain types of stores out of business, or to force them to give up a certain class of license, is just beyond the pale.

The hypocrisy of Council-woman Bass is risible, claiming that bullet-resistant windows is an indignity, while at the same time paternalisticly legislating away the right of poor people to buy a single can of beer at a price they can afford.

It’s another case of progressive activist law-makers doing exactly what they decry in others, denigrating the very people they proclaim to serve.


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December 11, 2017

Does the law ban bulletproof windows or just windows? That sounds like a tangential effect that’s being blown out of proportion for propaganda.

That city has the right to regulate its businesses. It has a right to close loopholes. If those businesses want to be convenience stores in those city limits, they need to meet those regulations. I’m all for crying out against municipal overreach, and I do believe we could do without 90% of regulations, but you can’t deny that the character of a neighborhood changes with the easy availability of alcohol. I’m all for being paternalistic for ghettos that need fathers.


Bookslinger
December 11, 2017

I think we’re in agreement about various levels of gubmints regulating businesses. I think we agree about a need to regulate alcohol sales.

Granted, the merchant association may have overplayed the bullet-resistant window thing for sympathy. But Bass’s actual/quoted words reveal an underlying manipulation and misdirection in regards to the issue of alcohol regulation. If the “beer delis” can be made to drop single-can sales in order to keep the windows, she can make it look like the fault of the beer delis, rather than the city council having to take flak for banning the sales directly. That’s what I’m decrying.

But consumer demand creates sellers/providers. If the ghetto dwellers demand cheap single-can beer, and licensed businesses are prohibited from selling it, then unlicensed/illegal providers will eventually step in, just like people who illegally sell loose cigarettes. Loose cigarettes don’t have tax stamps, so that’s a problem to lawmakers and regulators.

Small bottle/single-can sales can actually be a benefit to alcoholics. That’s how many alcoholics regulate their intake. Otherwise they would finish off a whole six-pack or 750/1000 ml bottle at one sitting.

There is also a long-standing (nationwide) resentment among blacks towards Asian business owners who dare to open businesses in poor black areas. The thing is, even with the huge gains among the black middle and upper-middle class, few to none of them are interested in setting up businesses in the poor black areas. (Once you get out of the ghetto, you don’t want to go back.) So middle-eastern and asian folks have stepped in to fill that consumer market.

(During the 90’s, I knew an Asian business woman who was murdered at her store during a robbery. It happened in the strip mall next door to the apartment complex where I lived. All the people who could afford to, moved the heck out of there.)

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