Philadelphia is announced a new bill in its attempt to crack down on drug sales, public urination and loitering — but it has triggered massive backlash from small businesses. Philadelphia’s Public Health and Human Services Committee passed a bill which empowers Philadelphia’s Department of Licenses and Inspections to control the bullet-resistant barricades which stand between clients and cash registers in several local corner stores.
“No institution necessary to acquire a massive Enforcement permit … shall erect or maintain a physical obstacle which needs the people serving the meals either to start a window or other aperture or to pass the food through a window or other aperture, so as to hand the meals to a consumer within the institution,” the bill states.
Several business owners said that considering the increasing crime in Philadelphia, this move by the Democrats is quite useless. Hundreds of small business owners feel as if they have been singled out and therefore are protesting the move. Let’s be honest, how does removal of bullet proof glasses help to stop drug trafficking and pubic urination?
“When the glass boils, the crime rate increases and there’ll be plenty of dead bodies. The most significant issue is security as well as the public’s security,” Rich Kim, the proprietor of Broad Deli, that sells sodas and beer said to Fox 29.
The bill, set forth by Councilwoman Cindy Bass, concentrates on “stop-and-go” that are licensed as restaurants but function more like pubs, bringing in an unruly crowd that creates pubic nuisance. Although this may be an actual problem, God alone knows how removal of bullet proof glasses will help them curb public nuisance.
The Philly Government seems determined to blame “bullet proof glasses”, rather than their incompetence to stop crime. The increasing crime rate in Philadelphia is a growing concern and it sure looks like Democratic lawmakers are not determined to stop the same, while this move would in fact only increase the crime rates by providing easy access for criminals to loot the stores.
Cindy Bass in an interview told Fox News that “over 90 percent of instances they’re breaking the law concerning working away from the need of the permit.” Bass further said the glass and also walls at a few of those businesses are an issue to the health department of the city, if a customer is choking or having a allergic response, a barrier shouldn’t stand in the means of security. “Countless companies operate in exactly the very same areas without a Plexiglass,” she told Fox News, citing shops such as Rite-Aid and barber shops. “I have never been into a pub with Plexiglass.”
Meanwhile, the chairman of the Asian American Licensed Beverage Association of Philadelphia, said 217 ‘beer delis’ are being targeted and blamed the “not-as-safe neighborhoods” for increasing crime rates.