The racist subtext of Philly’s ban on convenience store protective glass barriers

Shopkeepers in Philadelphia’s neighborhood convenience stores that serve food and beverages, locally referred to as “beer delis,” face a legal prohibition on the thick glass barriers around cashiers that protect them from stickup artists wielding guns, knives, and other weapons. Because the shopkeepers predominately are Asian, and the customers (and robbers) are mostly black, this imbroglio looks a lot like a racist quest for vengeance against a commercially successful minority group.

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  • Alain

    I wager that City Hall has all kinds of security and protection from citizens. The city has no legal mandate for this crap. It continues to work, because people allow them to get away with it.

    • Frances

      The idiots who passed this bylaw should be forced to volunteer at the shops affected by it.

  • Millie_Woods

    Philly has no right to ban anything legal on private property and no right to ban protective equipment even on city property. To even suggest that shopkeepers expose themselves to danger is warped thinking. This will go to court.

    • xavier

      Better yet: the storeowners will vote with their feet and close down. Then take city hall to court

  • bargogx1

    Once again, a government sends a clear message to its citizens – “You are expendable”.

    • felis gracilis

      “You are expendable because our social justice myths are more important than you.”

  • Don’t Asian lives matter?

  • ismiselemeas

    Popcorn anybody? Beer?

  • k1962

    That’s really stupid. So, are they going to remove the protective barriers from cab drivers too? In Vancouver they are starting to install them to protect bus drivers. This progressive crap needs to end and in Canada it can start with the arrest of returning terrorists.

  • Hard Little Machine

    This is about driving Korean businesses out.