Philly Council Passes Bill To Ban Bullet-Proof Glass In Stores

SandyMalone

The Philadelphia City Council voted to ban bullet-proof glass in convenience stores.

​Philadelphia, PA – A city councilwoman in Philadelphia was celebrating her victory on Thursday, after the city council passed her proposed legislation to force some local businesses to remove bullet proof glass from their stores.

The bill, known as the Stop and Go bill, said, "No establishment shall erect or maintain a physical barrier." Businesses who are told to remove their bullet-proof glass will face stiff fines for non-compliance.

The Philadelphia City Council voted 14-3 to approve the legislation that could force business owners to remove the protective glass outside their storefronts despite a backlash from shop owners who cited safety concerns, WTXF reported.

The bill’s sponsor, Cindy Bass, said she wanted to force some businesses “to change their business model,” Philly Voice reported.

“What I want to communicate to people is that these are beer/deli type places,” Bass said. “About 90 percent [of these establishments] in my district [with restaurant licensure] don’t even sell food.

“They sell other products that can be turned into street drugs, like cold medications. They sell crack pipes. If these stores sold hypodermic needles, there’d be outrage, there’d be people screaming to ‘Shut 'em down.’ But with crack pipes, it’s OK? That should tell you something,” she said.

Convenience store owners fought the bill, saying that it put the Korean community, who run many of the stores targeted by the Stop and Go bill, in jeopardy.

"The most important thing is safety and the public's safety," Rich Kim, the owner of Broad Deli, told WTXF. His family has run the deli, which sells soda, snacks, meals, and beer by the can, for 20 years.

Kim said that he had the bulletproof glass installed after a shooting, and that it saved his mother-in-law from a knife attack.

"If the glass comes down, the crime rate will rise and there will be lots of dead bodies," he said.

Bass was more concerned about customer’s feelings, and said her constituents shouldn’t have to suffer the indignity of shopping through bulletproof glass.

Citizens agreed with Kim on Twitter.

City Councilman David Oh called the new legislation “worse … than what we have today, according to WTXF.

“If we take down the safety glass, they're not changing their business model. They're not moving. What they will do is purchase firearms. I think that is a worse situation than what we have today,” Oh said.

Comments (29)
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Poileas
Poileas

What In The Flying Jackalope?!

bronx163
bronx163

This is what happens when unhave the far left running inner cities.
Look at all inner cities run by left nut job democrats, they are all eye sore
Cesspools. Great idea help the savages robbing commercial establishments. Make it easier for them to rob and kill.

Philly has always been and will be a shit hole. Stay a way or while traveling through better be armed and have full tank of gas.

Poileas
Poileas

Bet she has a fug'n wall around her house.

Milton
Milton

I wish these stores could afford to relocate outside of her district.

cayman2020
cayman2020

When this story first came out I thought there was only one stupid councilperson. I was wrong. there are 13 idiots on the council.

OfficerBlue
OfficerBlue

Editor

Yeah, I was sure that this would be one stupid councilwoman with a stupid bill that would go nowhere. I was wrong.

donaldt
donaldt

If the city council has any kind of protection private or city funded, then it should be eliminated .

JBo
JBo

“They sell other products that can be turned into street drugs, like cold medications." So you ban bulletproof glass? I'm sorry, but did I miss something in this story?

jasonfreely
jasonfreely

If I read this correctly any expert who will testify that bulletproof glass would have saved a clerks life opens the city up to lawsuits for banning the protection. as the city is assuming the implied role of protector since banning citizens from doing it themselves?

DieselDawg
DieselDawg

You cant offend black criminals. They have Black Race Privilege. Rules and laws that apply to others don't apply to them.

lowjak
lowjak

From someone who has never run a business of any kind, much less a successful small business (and don't bring up she as a BA in Business and having only worked in various political positions as that isn't the same as running your own business) knows what business model is best for those who have.

CopsKidTwo
CopsKidTwo

Why do liberals allow those people who should be the inmates in an insane asylum run their cities?

cclaxton
cclaxton

This has to be the most idiotic things I have ever seen a local government do.

lonso60
lonso60

They should hire armed Veterans to protect their business.

trueblue8
trueblue8

There's a very simple solution to this. As a shop owner, post effective immediately that because of the , we will be shutting down the shop for good. In a statement on the window I would say due to the unfriendly small business atmosphere we will be shutting down and moving out of the city. It is not worth the lives of my family or employees to continue doing business here. Thank you to the support of the local community; but the city council has made itself clear that it does not care about the small business owner.

trueblue8
trueblue8

this will hit the council member in the pocket book as the businesses leave. it will cause an uproar in the local community once they have no local stores to purchase needed items.

firenw
firenw

Cindy Bass must be held accountable for the future violence those bullet proof glass barriers would have stopped.

ACSO-Charles-One
ACSO-Charles-One

They should force that adam henry to work graveyard shift for a couple of weeks in a local stop and rob and if nobody double taps her butt great. Does the PD have any bullet proof glass at any public counters?

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

Time for businesses to move out of there...........then what? Idiot council people

jimburnz1
jimburnz1

We need to remove the locks & bars from our prisons now.

Gunslinger117
Gunslinger117

Liberalism really is a mental illness.. Wth is wrong with these halfwits? Shes pissed off they sell crack pipes, why obviously the solution is to remove ballistic glass.. That makes as much sense as anything else done in Philly since the 1940s. If they are selling crack pipes, yeah not alot of sympathy for them but the other stores clearly need to be punished right? I wonder who she is close to that is dissapointed with their robbery options inspired this...

ProCop
ProCop

If I were one of those affected, I'd pull up stakes and leave. Philadelphia has been turned into a sh*t hole by these morons and they should all have to do their shopping outside the city limits. Good way of raising taxes on the morons who put these idiots into office. Move all of the "necessities" stores. ALL of them. Outside Philadelphia.

ProCop
ProCop

And then move the Liberty Bell as well. It'll be far safer away from stupid people. (I'd contribute to moving the entire building it's in but I doubt that could be safely done.)

nypdlt
nypdlt

Liberal insanity on display for all to see.

Mikem71
Mikem71

Remove the bullet-proof glass and install a double barrel shot gun.

Pipkinrahl
Pipkinrahl

Time for all the shop owners to start buying guns and install metal detectors at the doors. Perhaps have a guy with a shotgun standing besides the register. Maybe that will make the customers feel loved.

GRIM-REAPER
GRIM-REAPER

All I can say is, sue these people.

cclaxton
cclaxton

I can't believe the council went along with this idiot's proposal. I say keep them up, and when the city punishes them, sue. Business owners have a right to protect the safety of their employees. Is this punishment of Koreans by black folks?

HighestCommDemonator
HighestCommDemonator

Kaepernick sucks.


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