Sorry to do this in public, buddy

November 27th, 2007

I tried to leave a comment on this blog post at PeteRepublic.org, viagra canada viagra but his spam system kept refusing me. (Maybe it knows something?)

Unfortunately, buy viagra view that means I have to question his point here instead of in a comment (which I think would have been the more appropriate place).

In his post, seek Pete was responding to a situation where Brown Deer kept people waiting outside of an American store on Friday because the store didn’t have permission to open their doors earlier than usual. Pete wrote:

I’m guessing asking permission of the Brown Deer Village for Special Holiday Hours is a annual event, because here are the November 5th, 2007 minutes in which Kohl’s petitioned for their “Special Holiday Hours”. NO OTHER BUSINESS in Brown Deer petitioned for special hours. I still think it was a bad PR move, however I DO THINK American TV is still wrong for not having PROPERLY PETITIONED the village for permission here.

Next time, ask.

My response: why does a government get to tell a business what their hours of operation can be?

Why does a store have to grovel to a municipality in order to serve their customers? (“Oh, please, please Mr. Omnipotent Village let us serve our customers by opening the doors a few hours earlier than we normally do!”)

You’ve got to be kidding me.

We DON’T live our lives by permission of the government.

The government exists only as long as we give it OUR permission.

American wasn’t in the wrong here.

Brown Deer’s ridiculous regulations are un-American. And in more ways than one.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Pete Fanning  |  November 27th, 2007 at 7:50 am

    I checked my spam filter and there are no comments waiting for approval…anyway….

    I believe it is certainly within the rights of any community to enforce quality of life restrictions on business hours of operation. Case in point, the Steak-n-Shake in Wauwatosa. It has certain hours of operation it can operate. HOWEVER, having said that, it is also perfectly acceptable for these businesses to petition the town/city/village for the appropriate conditional use permits if there are no objections raised by the community.

    Kohl’s has done that every year like a good citizen in Brown Deer and it has worked well.

  • 2. Elliot  |  November 27th, 2007 at 8:25 am

    Your filter kept asking for the key word, no matter how many times I entered it :(

    I think we’ll just have to disagree, Pete. I think any restrictions on free citizens’ behaviors have to be justified to the highest degree. You could convince me that a bar next to a residential neighborhood that was opened 24-hours-a-day and drew enormous, loud, and drunken crowds justified the community restricting its operations.

    You’re going to have a much tougher time getting me to agree that a big box store in a business-zoned area surrounded by 30 acres of parking lot is a nuisance if it opens two hours early.

    There is no way the community should be regulating that.

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