A Raleigh restaurant is responding with a funny sign after some comments by Sen. Thom Tillis on whether restaurants should be required to make employee wash their hands.
Tillis made the comments in a question-and-answer session Monday at the Bipartisan Policy Center. But if so, they should have to post signs that they did not.
The video of the discussion was posted on C-Span and Tillis was using the analogy to make a point that U.S. businesses were too heavily regulated.
On Wednesday, the Snoopy’s in Raleigh at the corner of Wake Forest and Whitaker Mill roads made light of the comments.
“We wash our hands for our customers not because of a law,” the bright red sign said.
Tillis on Monday related a conversation he had had with someone from his district when he was in the North Carolina General Assembly. Tillis said he was in favor of reducing regulations, as long as there was proper disclosure.
“I was having this discussion with someone, and we were at a Starbucks in my district, and we were talking about certain regulations where I felt like maybe you should allow businesses to opt out, let a business or industry opt out as long as they indicate through proper disclosure, through advertising, through employment literature, whatever else,” Tillis recalled Monday.
“There is this level of regulations that, maybe they are on the books, but maybe you can make a market-based decision as to whether or not they should apply to you.
“And she said, ‘I can’t believe that.’ And at that time we were sitting back at a table that was near the restrooms and one of the employees just came out.
And she said, ‘For example, do you believe this regulation that requires this gentleman to wash his hands before he serves your food is important? Should be on the books?’
“I said, ‘As a matter of fact, it’s one where I can illustrate the point.’
“I said, ‘I don’t have any problem with Starbucks if they choose to opt out of this policy as long as they post a sign that says, ‘We don’t require our employees to wash their hands after leaving the restroom.’ The market will take care of that.
“It’s one example. But let them decide. Now, that’s probably one that every restaurant that did that would go out of business, but it’s good to illustrate the point.
“That’s the sort of mentality we need to have to reduce the regulatory burden on this country.
“We are one of the most regulated nations in the history of the planet. And if we go about it in a common sense way, that solves a lot of problems that make these other big problems that we are talking about imminently more easy to solve.”
Tillis is a freshman senator from North Carolina who defeated incumbent Kay Hagan in November.
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