Are you claiming that the small businesses are a victim of an oppressive police state?
I'm not CLAIMING anything. I'm telling you what I was told happened.
I know businesses who for some reason became the focus of the health dept and were subjected to multiple inspections per week for months on end.
They weren't even coordinated.
Inspectors would come one day. Then a different team would come the next day to inspect the issue that had already been addressed.
One guy told me he had two different teams come in the same day for the same issue.
There was no coordination.
The goal was most certainly not public health.
It was a straight money grab by the city gov.
As you say, it was a flat tax. Except one that some business had to pay over and over and over again.
It disproportionately hurts individual business owners who have less money, less clout, fewer lawyers.
And to get back to my original point: most fines and letter grades are for technicalities that don't actually influence whether your lettuce has salmonella in it.
So it's not even like it's a good strategy to keep your food safe.
It's Bloomberg's NY.
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