Originally posted by myway
I just had to post on this one. What I really adore about the Health Dept. is this. If you are a private tax paying by the rules kind of guy, you end up under the microscope. But if you are under the guise of the Not for profit organizational umbrella, Hey!....you're okay! I was watching the other day when an un-named fire Dept. was selling hot dogs. Gloves anyone? Health inspection...NAH just kiddin'..... having to have all the same requirements as I do..Nope, no can do. I have all the over head, permits, and investment to run business, however I am suppose to compete against all the Not for profits who do not really have any investment outside of time. I realize that all the organizations are in it to raise funds. I am too. I wish the playing field was just a little more level, ya know. Now I know some might say that I am being a Grinch but that's not the case.
Hear! Hear! You obviously made the mistake that your supposed to make a living. I can't put up my own signage because I don't have the intestinal fortitude to deal with bureucrats. Including cousin Billy Bob the health dept. dude who got the job from through his auntie because the used car lots not doin' so swell. I'll keep running concessions for those who are better and braver than myself.
I have a great lot with lots of parking. No zoning to speak of. Near a country club. Unbelievable exposure coming from both directions on a US Hwy. State Lake right up the road and a lot of hunters, fisherman, canoeing etc..
I gave up trying to get this guy to get with the program and I'm not a quiter. All I wanted was a mobile/seasonal food service without indoor seating. Maybe a pit in the future. Problem is the grey areas in the state codes that allow them color in at will with a great big crayon. I could even deal with that if they could stay in the lines and quit changing colors on a whim. I'll comply just stop changing the rules. Especially after I've dropped some dough into it! Gee whiz if only he was smart enough to at least give me a ballpark kick back figure. I'm American , no problem there.
What galls me is we have a church for every man woman and child in this area and they seem to be able to set up a card table and sell whatever leftovers the won't eat at home to expound on the vitues of their particular flavor of religion. No permits required it seems! Never mind the pastors or what ever they are drive better rides, pay no rent and get paid and don't ever sit at the card table. That and the fact they are tax excempt. I'm far from a greedy man, I just want to make a living too. Funny thing is I've been asked to do free catering at few fund raisers. Being the moron I am...
For now I'll just keep taking to the road for little stretches and do my little hog roasts and such but if you have read any of my posts,you may know I have an elderly mama who can't be left alone for any length of time. She's my #1 priority so I guess I'm going to slip my local guy a couple of yard notes and a new box of crayons and see if he gets the big picture. I guess he may be smarter than I think!
I broke the first rule to be fair. I asked what criteria I needed to meet first and explained simply but in detail what I wanted to do. When his eyes's glazed over I knew I was in trouble. I should have just put it together and then submited my plan. I probably should'nt have asked him if english was his first language either
Scariest words you'll ever hear, "I'm with the gov'mint and I'm here to help"(myself)!