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Nine NYC Stores Fined For ‘Open Doors’

From a cheering New York Times:

Nine Stores Fined for Propping Doors Open in Heat


July 8, 2010

Nine stores in Manhattan and the Bronx have been hit with $200 fines for leaving their doors open on hot days in the hope that the escaping cool air would lure sweaty customers. They are the first to be fined as part of a law enacted in 2008.

Last year, only warnings were given out. So far this year, the city’s Department of Consumer Affairs has inspected 105 stores. Seventy were in compliance, 26 were issued warnings and 9 that had been warned last year were fined, said Kay Sarlin, a department spokeswoman.

Fines start at $200, and go to $400 for any further infractions in the following 18 months. The legislation states that any business larger than 4,000 square feet or part of a chain with five or more stores in the city must keep its doors closed when using air-conditioning

How are their customers supposed to get in?

But, seriously, how can you legislate whether a store can have its door open or not? The store owners paid for their air conditioned air. They should be able to do what they want with it, unless it is a safety or health risk to others.

And never mind, New York City is currently spending taxpayer dollars on 600 “cooling centers” for the public — and advertising to get people to go to them.

By the way, are their similar fines for stores having their doors open in the wintertime when, in the words of grandmothers everywhere, ‘they are heating the whole outdoors’? If not, why not?

Ms. Sarlin said inspectors respond to complaints and keep an eye out for offenders throughout the summer. Last year, the department reported an 81 percent compliance rate.

During the recent heat wave, however, plenty of stores seemed to be in violation, as a reporter made his own inspection…

The Filene’s Basement and DSW stores had their doors open — and both received fines

And New York City wonders why so many stores there are closing their doors permanently — and moving elsewhere.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, July 9th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Nine NYC Stores Fined For ‘Open Doors’”

  1. Right of the People says:

    I guess NYC is THAT desperate to generate some revenue.

    The people of NY get what they’ve voted for, the Hildabeast, Bloomburg, Schumer. Geeze, what a bunch of losers.

  2. NoNeoCommies says:

    Just install misters, or an outside vent for the A/C.
    Use whatever loophole you can to “Speak truth to Stupid power”.

  3. Melly says:

    And in the winter?
    Walk the streets of Manhattan and many stores have their doors open – the warm air just beckons you in.
    And what about the heat lamps under the awnings of all the posh apartment buildings on Fifth and Park Avenue?
    The elite can’t get cold whilst waiting for their transportation – the horror! I love the heat lamps btw. On a frigid day, you stop to take a break and catch your breath before facing the harsh winter wind.

  4. Chuckk says:

    Even doors are being regulated. What a country.

  5. canary says:

    Why didn’t the stores just say one of those new poisonous light bulbs broke and they were following the directions venting the building.

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