This is part of a point-counterpoint column paired with the news feature story about HB 2. We hope that you read both columns to get a better understanding of what each side is thinking in the battle.
Thanks for the suggestion on Deep Sea Market - I was featuring places that are not dine-in.
I know that Randy is from the area - born east of here in Marshville. His success came later, after he had moved to Nashville. I'm looking for someone who stays here and doesn't feel the need to leave town to make their mark.
- Jimmy Buffet is not playing in Charlotte; and he hasn't done anything worth witnessing in years.
- Of Monsters and Men is in the Fall - this was for the Summer Guide. But yes, definitely worth catching in October!
- Earth Wind and Fire is pure nostalgia. Columbia is not in Charlotte. ;)
Yes, I did have a DSLR, but I had a photo pass via the band to use it since I was reviewing the show. I generally stayed to the sides and out of the way of people and never use a flash. I wasn't on the front row at all, because I didn't want to be a distraction to the band or the fans.
The one person I singled out was directly in front of Juliana and holding his phone up, arm stretched, directly in her field of vision. She clearly looked at him before grabbing her mic stand and moving back. The girl who was flashing her phone camera was standing in the same place when she moved back the second time. In the hundreds of shows I've attended I have noticed two things — a majority of people don't like cameras held up in their personal space; and musicians usually hate flashes going off because it's distracting - even if you close your eyes.
I think the cameras were a reason she moved back. I think the small attendance was a reason for the short show. All those cell phones are a lot more noticeable in a small crowd. Either way, I enjoyed the performance we did get.
The inherent flaw in Mr. Tillis' argument is that he wants less government regulation but fails to suggest it. A sign for hand washing is too much regulation, but one saying it's not required is less regulation? Well done, Thom.
John Q. Public -
I am not too "cowardly" to answer your question - I simply have better things to do than argue the quality of health code enforcement.
But since you asked, here you go (as other people have stated):
The "enforcement regime" is called the Department of Health. The enforcement is done through sanitation grades. Countless restaurants receive lower ratings because of employees not washing their hands. Happens all the time.
See Koishi Restaurant, from 2011, for the first example to pop up on Google -
Outside of that, it's called trust. I trust that employees wash their hands, just as I trust them not to spit in my sandwich. You want to get rid of that regulation too? If you go out to eat, that's the risk you take.
Maybe one day I will go to the Department of Health and ask them about violations of that specific code — or perhaps you can since you are so fixated on it. I have better things to do.... such as make fun of politicians with ridiculous ideas.
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