Philadelphia council approves bill to remove discriminatory bulletproof glass from stores

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The Philadelphia City Council feels that bulletproof glass sends the wrong message to customers. In a vote of 14-3 they voted to approve a bill that aims to crack down on certain convenience stores and to compel shop owners to remove the bullet-proof glass they use to protect themselves from would-be assailants.

The controversial legislation calls for more rules related to seating, public restrooms and what the stores sell. It also sets up for the possible removal of bulletproof barriers used inside Philadelphia convenience stores.  It may eventually force business owners to remove the protective glass.

Councilwoman Cindy Bass says that many of these stores exploit legal loopholes, letting them operate as restaurants while simply selling alcohol.

Bass also said it was unfair to only have the bulletproof barrierswhich are only targeted at certain neighborhoods.

“We want to make sure there isn’t this sort of indignity, in my opinion, to serving food through plexiglass only in certain neighborhoods,” she said.

Store owners pleaded for the right to keep the bullet-proof barriers, according to Fox News.

“I was the victim of a robbery when I was ten years old,” said one store owner, “and I don’t want that to happen again.”

“If you took the bullet-proof glass from our store,” said another store owner, “there will be more people [dead].”

But Bass railed against stores, saying they sell alcohol to “already inebriated customers” and loose cigarettes to minors.”

“Masquerading as restaurants,” said Bass, “they sell almost everything you need to get high, and if they don’t have it, someone loitering inside or outside, has the rest.”

 

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