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Philly Lawmakers Seek to Ban Bulletproof Glass in Liquor Stores

A neon sign on a store selling alcohol. The words, liquor, beer and wine glowing in bright neon. A clear blue sky in the background.

The city of Philadelphia is working on regulating so-called "stop and go" liquor stores (because what else do progressive, big-city lawmakers do besides try and make it difficult for folks to live their lives and run their businesses).

A controversial bill under consideration would require liquor stores to pull down the bulletproof glass they currently use to protect their clerks. After all, liquor stores are often prime targets for robbery. The glass keeps clerks safe, at least to some extent, and now it needs to come down.

City Councilwoman Cindy Bass proposed the legislation, seeking to regulate the small stores in her district that she claims sell liquor but little else.

“Nuisance establishments like stop-and-gos harm neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia in several ways,” Bass told Philly Mag. “First, they contribute to increased crime. On any given day, you can find people in front of these businesses selling ‘loosies,’ or loose cigarettes, and engaging in other nuisance behaviors like loitering, public drunkenness, possible drug sales, and even public urination.”

But the bill proposed reads, in part: "No establishment shall erect or maintain a physical barrier."

"Right now, the plexiglass has to come down," Bass said.

And there's nothing in the bill that will limit the regulation to just these small liquor stores.