We Heard You Might Be Having Some Unapproved Fun, Here.

Friday, December 4th, 2009

A week or so ago, I put up a morning link about Cody, a pooch in Clearwater, Florida who charmingly greeted convenience store customers donning a BP uniform.

The story made national news, so you can probably guess what happened next. Florida public health bureaucrats marched in to put a stop to the cuteness.* Can’t have a dog roaming around where food is sold. Even though all the food the store sells is pre-packaged.

(*Caveat: Generally speaking, I’m fervently anti-clothes on dogs.)

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28 Responses to “We Heard You Might Be Having Some Unapproved Fun, Here.”

  1. #1 |  bob42 | 

    I suspect that a conspiracy of cats is behind this.

  2. #2 |  pegr | 

    I like dogs. Cute’s OK, as long as it’s not over-done. But no, I don’t want dogs in convenience stores. But I’d be happy to let the owner do whatever they want with their store. I’d just go somewhere else. Is it really that hard?

  3. #3 |  rob | 

    probably alone here, but i have no problem with dogs or cats in food establishments. makes it more homely, and lets be honest – we have all had a pet at some point and finding a hair in your food, especially when you know where it came from, is not the end of the world

  4. #4 |  Nando | 

    So, as far as the FL. health department is concerned, if a blind man walks in to the store with his seeing-eye dog, it’s a violation? Or, since it’s a seeing-eye dog he is no longer sanitary?

    People here in Raleigh, NC made a big deal (and a law was passes prohibitting it) because dogs were allowed in the outside areas of restaurants. While a friend of mine was being told he couldn’t have his dog there for sanitary reasons, there was a handicapped man with his dog sitting next to him INSIDE the restaurant. When we asked what the difference in sanitation was, the guy just shrugged.

  5. #5 |  Robin | 

    Pegr–Are you sure you like dogs?

  6. #6 |  Saint Zero | 

    Generally speaking, I don’t want animals around my food.

  7. #7 |  Bot | 

    I wonder if there are any US Customs dogs roaming about Miami International airport amid the various shops and food peddling establishments.

  8. #8 |  J sub D | 

    The ADA trumps all when it comes to seeing eye dogs and the like.

    A bar I frequent has a cat. He catches mice (in a big city even clean food establishments have rodent issues). He’s a nice guy, likes to be scratched and is smart enough to stay out from under drunks’ feet.

    It’s probably a code violation but to date the petty bureaucrats have let the feline do it’s job unmolested. Should the owner ever have a spat with the city …

  9. #9 |  rob sama | 

    Canine nudist?

  10. #10 |  capo | 

    hate to be a cynic, but i saw this one coming.

  11. #11 |  Sean L. | 

    “Remove the dog or the Florida Department of Agriculture would declare all of Mansour’s food products … unfit for consumption.”

    So let me get this straight… The food isn’t ALREADY unfit for consumption after being exposed to a dog for “years?” And it will be just fine for consumption if the dog that’s been around for “years” leaves immediately.

    That demonstrates a colossal level of stupidity.

  12. #12 |  Carl Drega | 

    “Generally speaking, I don’t want animals around my food.”

    Your food? It’s not your food is it? Did you mean to say that you want your preferences about how to treat food you might wish to purchase enforced by the point of a gun on another man’s property with his food?

  13. #13 |  Michael Chaney | 

    I saw that coming a mile away.

  14. #14 |  John Wilburn | 

    The next government incursion will be when the Health Department comes to our homes and makes us chain our pets outside, so the pets won’t contaminate our food – this will be closely followed by Animal Control arriving to cite us for animal cruelty and neglect…

    Think I’m being facetious? Talk to the residents of D.C. who are being ticketed for parking in their own driveway…

  15. #15 |  nathan | 

    Remove the dog or the Florida Department of Agriculture would declare all of Mansour’s food products — mostly bottled sodas, Slim Jims and candy bars — unfit for consumption.

    Wait… since when have bottled sodas, Slim Jims and candy bars been considered fit for consumption, let alone FOOD?

    Oh, wait, he means LEGALLY unfit, rather than “made of chemicals and some food-like substances” unfit.

    /Just joking!
    //But only halfway…
    ///Eat some of it myself on occasion anyway.

  16. #16 |  Uncephalized | 

    I would much rather have a cat in a restaurant than a rat in a restaurant.

    I also like meeting storeowners’ pets (as long as they’re friendly) when I’m running errands or whatever. Plus usually people who keep their pets around are happy to let my dog come in and say hello as well. pet-friendly people are nicer IMO.

  17. #17 |  JS | 

    My uncle used to run a bait camp, sold bait and seafood, and he had this pelican that would waddle in every once in a while and go up to the showcase and wait till you gave him a fish. Texas Parks and Wildlife officers bravely came out and forbid us to let him in anymore. Of course this being America, by then I’d figured out that there’s a law against everything so it was no surprise.

  18. #18 |  Marty | 

    don’t be so hard on the inspector… just like in the ottoman empire, bureaucrats are slaves doing the bidding of the master. the master grants the slave a bit of power as a carrot to do his bidding.

    nevermind. fuck that retard for fucking up something cool.

  19. #19 |  Jet | 

    I saw that this happened this morning, since the location is in my neck of the woods. After discussing the story with co-workers, we’ve decided that the dog owner needs to get Cody certified as a therapy dog. If he’s a service dog, he can legally stay, right? Based on the original news article, it sounds like he’s already doing the work of a therapy dog at the store…

  20. #20 |  God's Own Drunk | 

    It should be perfectly legal to beat the shit out of busy-bodies.

    I just can’t wrap my head around the mentality it takes to care what anyone else is doing as long as it doesn’t directly harm you. For christ’s sake, I have enough of a hard time caring what my friends and family are up too, let alone strangers……

  21. #21 |  JS | 

    God’s Own Drunk-I totally agree. Its sad that nobody seems to have any common sense anymore.

  22. #22 |  Aresen | 

    | Saint Zero | December 4th, 2009 at 5:06 pm
    Generally speaking, I don’t want animals around my food.

    Does that include Homo Sapiens?

  23. #23 |  Brian | 

    I knew this was going to happen the moment I read that first article.

  24. #24 |  Stormy Dragon | 

    Texas Parks and Wildlife officers bravely came out and forbid us to let [the pelican] in anymore.

    Wouldn’t banning him from the store constitute interfering with the migratory path of a waterfowl? You should have threatened to report the to the EPA.

  25. #25 |  David | 

    That’s too bad. I have no problem buy prepackaged food from a place that has a dog in it, and that dog looks fairly well maintained. On top of that, it had a great personality from what I can tell in the video.

  26. #26 |  Elroy | 

    Who grows up wanting to be a code inspector? Then again, I spend most of my life in a cubicle hell I would not have picked so who am I to judge.

  27. #27 |  Aaron | 

    It should be perfectly legal to beat the shit out of busy-bodies.

    Meh. Only busybodies with power. Normal busybodies I can already tell “go fuck off”.

  28. #28 |  Steve Jean | 


    I’m with you on the dog clothes. I’ve threatened to burn any clothes my wife or daughter buy for our pets. Sweaters for cold weather are OK. And, I gave in on costumes for Halloween for the little ones (tutu for the Chihuahua and hot dog for the mini-Dachshund, which made them look even more ridiculous than they naturally do).

    But I’ll be damned if anyone is going to make my Lab look like a fool.