Philly Plans to Ban Bulletproof Glass From Small Businesses in High Crime Areas

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Talk about government intrusion! This one would be laughable if it weren’t so serious! Public safety is now being thwarted because, wait for it…it might hurt the customer’s feelings! I am so sick of this political correctness that has become absolutely out of control!

Philadelphia is claiming that bulletproof glass in small businesses is actually a safety RISK. Councilwoman Cindy Bass argues that the she believes the bulletproof glass forms a barrier that could mean an employee could not help a customer that is choking or having an allergic reaction. I would like to see some stats for that, ma’am. Then, let’s compare that to stats showing employees being protected from harm because of the bulletproof glass.

H/T Fox News:

Philadelphia is one step closer to getting rid of bulletproof glass in many of its small businesses as part of a larger effort to crack down on loitering, public urination and potential drug sales — but the potential ban has triggered a backlash from shopkeepers.

The city’s Public Health and Human Services Committee passed a bill Monday enabling Philadelphia’s Department of Licenses and Inspections to regulate the bullet-resistant barricades that stand between customers and cash registers in many neighborhood corner stores, according to FOX29.

“No establishment required to obtain a Large Establishment license … shall erect or maintain a physical barrier that requires the persons serving the food either to open a window or other aperture or to pass the food through a window or other aperture, in order to hand the food to a customer inside the establishment,” the bill states. It also calls for larger establishments to have bathrooms for customers.

Several of the hundreds of deli owners told FOX29 they feel as though they are being singled out, and numerous shopkeepers are among those protesting the bill.

“If the glass comes down, the crime rate will rise and there will be lots of dead bodies,” Rich Kim, the owner of Broad Deli, which sells soda, meals and beer by the can, said. “The most important thing is safety and the public’s safety.”

Kim said the glass went up after a shooting and he said it saved his mother-in-law from a knife attack.

The Public Health and Human Services Committee amended the bill Monday to give the Department of Licenses and Inspections until Jan. 1, 2021, to announce regulations on the barricades.

“It says that the Department of Licenses and Inspections will determine no later than January 1, 2021 whether protective barriers like safety glass should exist in any large restaurant establishment and enforce any regulations stemming from that decision,” Councilman David Oh said in a statement after the Monday hearing, according to NBC 10.

He added: “In case there was any doubt about the City’s position, today City officials testified in support of removing these protective barriers. In other words, the City can and almost certainly will require the removal of safety glass as soon as the ordinance goes into effect.”

From Metro.com, “The presence of bulletproof glass in corner stores promotes the dehumanization and distrust of the poor, while centering the privilege of its erector,” wrote Philly activist Christopher Flood the Drummer Norris of this issue. “The glass sends the message that not only isn’t there like for, or trust of, the customer, but there is, in its place, fear.”

Well maybe there is a reason for that!

Since when does the government come into a privately owned business and dictate how they choose to protect their employees?! So now employees must put themselves at risk so they don’t make the customers feel like criminals. And I’m quite sure the same government officials supporting this insane law would be against the employees arming themselves against robbers or attackers. That bulletproof glass may provide just enough cover to call for help and it certainly acts as a deterrent!

The Democrats who run these cities and seek to make the people in them dependent on the government to keep them safe sure think highly of themselves. They think they are Superman – able to swoop in and stop the crime in progress. When the first robbery takes the life of a store clerk that used to have the protection of the glass, the blood will be on the hands of these officials who made this not only stupid, but irresponsible law.

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