California is whack. You can get fined for offering someone a straw without them asking for one. Misgendering someone is worse than giving them AIDS. Mexican presidential candidates rally there. And don’t get us started on the Daily Wire tumblers.
Now California has rules against dancing. As California restaurant, Mr. Peabody’s Bar and Grill recently discovered.
Side note, that’s an awesome name for a bar.
The restaurant was fined $3,000 for allowing their patrons to dance while listening to live music.
Cardosa’s restaurant has been providing food and live music for more than a decade. She said they have never had any run-ins with the law, until they were recently fined by the Alcohol Beverage Control.
“We didn’t realize we were doing anything wrong,” Cardosa said.
The fine stemmed from a city law that makes it illegal to dance in Encinitas during evening hours.
“We just don’t want to get in trouble if we’re dancing or if someone starts moving around,” Cardosa said. “We don’t want to tell them that they can’t dance. It’s such a difficult type thing to explain to someone.”
Obviously, in the big picture, this isn’t a major story. Though I would point out the local governments who enforce these ridiculous regulations are the same ones who decide how much money gets spent on school safety. And when it gets spent, if at all.
If anything, this is just an example of how big government actually starts at the local level. If Mr. Peabody’s isn’t zoned as a dance club, fine. It’s not a dance club. It’s a bar that has live music, which it is presumably allowed to have. Yet because of a bureaucrat showing up and seeing people swaying back and forth to the Outfield’s “Your Love,” the bar gets hit with a fine. Which most likely goes to pay the salaries of patronage hires in the city council.
Now a local business has another regulation that makes it more difficult to thrive. All thanks to petty rules written up by bureaucratic doucheburgers.