Is the government just mindless kudzu? Or something more sinister? Out of Nanny Bloomberg's New York, we get this:
The owner of B&B Empire Bagel Cafe — who appealed the violations and lost at two separate hearings — says the inspectors must have holes in their heads.
“It is impossible to clean up after each and every bagel,” declared Alex Gormakh, 59, who owns the Clinton Sreet shop. “It is impossible. It is a process.”
“Look,” explained Gormakh, “a few seeds are always going to be dropped when you are dipping the bagel in the seeds. They don’t all stick like glue.”
No mice were detected in an earlier inspection on Aug. 1, 2011, and none were found in the latest inspection on April 5, when B&B was awarded the highest cleanliness grade of “A.”
Here's the money quote:
Gormakh appears resigned to the higher cost of doing business in this city. “If you want to work you have to pay,” he concluded. “In Russia, they call it corruption. Here they call it something else. Either way, you have to pay.”
Poor Gormakh makes a fair comparison, one which should terrify us all.
Open up and take it, they said...