Monday, March 14, 2005

This is just plain stupid

Believe it or not, I'm not criticizing the Bush Administration this time, just a bunch of morons in Wyoming:

CHEYENNE - As if the hair in your salad wasn't bad enough, a city health inspector here said there had been "several cases" of tongue rings and other facial jewelry found in the food in the city's restaurants.

It was enough to persuade the Governor's Food Safety Council to recommend banning facial jewelry for restaurant workers who prepare food -- perhaps becoming the first state in the country to do so. Katherine Kim of the National Restaurant Association said her organization isn't aware of any other state that banned facial piercings.

But despite his testimony, when contacted by The Associated Press, Jon Cecil of Cheyenne Health Department couldn't cite a single documented case of facial jewelry falling into a restaurant dish.

That's not what he said in a Jan. 25 hearing before the Food Safety Council.

"We've had several cases of old ladies finding tongue rings and rings and whatnot in their food," Cecil testified. "We actually had a lady at one of our finer restaurants in town and ... she found a tongue ring."
(emphasis mine)

Okay, I think I've solved the mystery, Shaggy. Some cranky old lady (sorry if that sounds age-ist) got freaked out over the Subway Sandwich Artist's lip ring and complained. And now a stupid law could be passed that would discriminate against (by and large) young people.

One question: Would the law pertain to ear piercings? I'm sure they're much more common than nose or eyebrow piercings, and just as likely (read: not likely at all) to "fall" into someone's Extreme Fajitas.

At least some people in the area have some common sense:

...Troy Meeks, general manager of the Snake River Bar and Grill in Cheyenne and a 23-year veteran of the restaurant business, said he had never heard of piercings making their way into a customer's food.

"It sounds kind of silly to me," he said.

Cindy Weindling, vice president of the Colorado Restaurant Association, saw little reason to ban facial jewelry.

"I don't see a health hazard," she said. "If it's not a health hazard, why do we need a regulation?"