Letter to the Editor: Embarrassing
BY Tyler Hunt, Tulsa
Friday, February 22, 2013
2/22/13 at 7:33 AM
I do not agree, in any form or fashion, with the handling of the Blue Dome District compliance inspections that were conducted a few weeks ago. I was present at Joe Momma's Pizza when the police and ABLE Commission officers entered the restaurant.
Based on recent events, in Tulsa and across the country, it is very startling to see nine officers enter an establishment. And to do this "compliance inspection" at peak business hours when the owner is knowingly not present reflects an attitude of arrogance that is hard to comprehend.
To allocate the city's resources in this fashion clearly is not in the best interest of the general public. I understand compliance inspections are a necessary part of doing business; however, to carry them out in this fashion is unacceptable.
The police force and ABLE Commission should be working as a team with business owners trying to make the city a better and more business-friendly place. It is also disheartening to see city officials bad-mouth the two businessmen who have done more for the revitalization of downtown than anyone else.
I am proud to call Tulsa home, but coming from a family that ran a small restaurant for 30 years, this is embarrassing to our city and it strikes a personal nerve. I hope I am not the only person writing about this issue. A lot of great things are happening in Tulsa, and I hate to see the momentum derailed by instances such as this.
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