Thwowing a bone to Beyond, recent story on CNN, your thoughts.
Beyond, sometimes I really do get upset with you about economics because you think somehow I am against all business.
I just saw a story on food trucks, the kind that sell you sandwiches and drinks on the street corner. The story was on CNN about a war between restaurants and these lunch trucks in Chicago.
One thing bothers me. Apparently the city code forbids them to assemble or even cut the food on the truck, it all has to be prepared at the shop before the truck leaves. Admittedly without knowing the laws, I would bet that this has to do with sanitary issues.
BUT the other law is that these trucks cannot be 200 feet near a physical restaurant. I can kind of see this, BUT, the land owner's reason they interviewed is "that it wasn't fair" and that these trucks don't pay rent or taxes or have the overhead like they do. I didn't really buy this bullshit. I think it simply amounts to not wanting the competition that close.
I think that is a stupid argument though(not the distance, just the argument for the distance). To me that would be like a rental car company or car dealership bitching about taxis, "If they don't have to rent or buy a car they wont come to us", or "People shouldn't be allowed to get a ride from a friend because that friend is making it harder for us to sell the rideless person a car.
Here is how I see it. I am for the distance only because it would keep the peace more. But I don't buy the bullshit that a really established land joint is going to get hurt buy their presence. But I wouldn't want a hot dog vendor two feet from my door either.
In my home town we have 3 breakfast places within 3 blocks of each other and none of them have gone out of business.
But, I am miffed in any case, why you'd have to assemble a sandwich wrap or BLT or meatball sub BEFORE you load it into the truck. But without knowing the REASON for the ban on preparing food on the truck, I cant say if it is needed or not. Like I said, it most likely has to do with sanitation issues.
My point is nothing is black and white to me and unless I know all the details, and the story was short, only describing complaints from both sides, and did not explain why certain laws were written.
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