Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Bloomberg Closes Brooklyn Store For Selling A Toy "Sheriff's Set"

That's right, folks!  The same toys that you and your imagination lived on for about a half-century are now criminal to sell, and punishable by the loss of livelihood.

Welcome to Michael Bloomberg's New York:

The owner of a discount store in Brooklyn says the city is holding him up for $30,000 in fines he can’t afford — all because he stocked six toy sheriff sets that included plastic guns.

And now the .44-caliber fines for the orange-tipped, obvious fakes are forcing him to close for good.

“It doesn’t make any sense,” said Khaled Mohamed, 23, manager of 99¢ Target in Flatlands, which has been ordered to pay a staggering $5,000 fine for each gun offered for sale — the maximum under the law.

The store “cannot pay that fine at all,” said Mohamed, arguing that the punishment imposed on the Utica Avenue odds-and-ends shop is way out of proportion to the violation

“They’re stopping us from doing any business,” he said

See that bright orange tip?  Notice the obviously plastic lamination?  Shoot (can I get arrested for saying that?), I'm  just wasting my breath here.  The endgame of the policy here is complete abolition of firearms, whether it is arresting tourists for not knowing the law, or shutting down (minority-owned!  ahem!) business for even selling toys that barely resemble a 21st century weapon.

Well, not complete abolition. There will still be guns in the hands of criminals, of course.  And  I'm sure the political elite will still be able to get permits.  And  law enforcement, of course, who answer to Bloomberg, and the folks on his Consumer Affairs Bureau.

But don't worry.  I am sure they all have your best interests in mind...

Life as a citizen(?) in Michael Bloomberg's New York...

1 comment:

Joaquin said...

Uh! Binky!