Entries in Cool or Not Cool (82)
Honestly, this is basically just an opportunity to let all of you dog hating mofos go crazy in the comments with your extend-a-leash rants.
For the record, I hate the shit out of them too...and I have a goddamned dog.
I'll remind you that Foreign Dude has some very strong feelings about dogs in bars (he votes cool), and based on the fact that I'm completely obsessed with my own dog Oliver, it's not really a surprise that I'm throwing another vote cool's way. However, the city of New York is comin' down hard on the side of "not cool."
"Health Department officials wrote 125 tickets for “live animal violations” at bars and restaurants in Brooklyn between July, 2010 and July, 2011...the number of monthly tickets the city wrote in Brooklyn nearly tripled from June 2010 to July 2011."
According to the Brooklyn Paper, 1/4 of these violations went down in Wiliamsburg and Greenpoint, but Park Slope still has it's fair share of dog lovin' bars...and some of them are basically like "fuck the police."
Here's the thing: I totally get the whole no dogs in restaurant thing, but the no dogs in bars rule is just plain stupid. And even if you're gonna let the no dogs in bar rule stand, the no dogs on patios outside of bars is REALLY stupid.
Gawker recently reported an incident at a Manhattan Starbucks in which a dude got kicked out of the joint for just sitting there and not buying anything. Here's the clincher though...they called the cops. I mean, that seems a little excessive, no? The tipster reported that the man was "well-dressed" i.e. not a homeless, crazy guy trying to eat his own elbow. Here's a snippet of the conversation that took place once the cops came:
Guy: "They told me to buy a cup of coffee or leave. That's pressure. I'm in Starbucks all the time. This isn't a Mom & Pop store."
Police: "It's a business and you have to buy something."
Guy: "Is this any way to run a business? I'm leaving, but I want your badge numbers."
So what's the deal Starbucks?