Property Rights Still Mean Something in Iowa

While the basis of the story seems sort of lame, the concusion is what makes it pretty rare these days. Here’s the story:

Wendy Dershem may think twice before leaving that egg roll on her plate at her next Chinese buffet. The Des Moines woman, her boyfriend and her two children were kicked out of a restaurant last week after management accused her of leaving too much food on her plate.

“They told us we are not welcome there anymore,” said Dershem, a repeat customer at the Dragon House buffet. “We waste too much food. But the buffet is all you can eat. And you know kids. They won’t always eat everything and they want something else.”

Here’s the surprise ending (emphasis added):

“Shes done that too many times,” Cao said. “We would welcome her back if she has respect and knows what she wants.”

Bob Oberbillig, an adjunct professor at the Drake Legal Clinic, says the patron would have no legal case against exclusion from a business unless there are other factors such as racial discrimination or mental health issues.

“An establishment can exclude people if they smoke or waste food,” he said. “It’s still a private business.”

posted by Stephen Gordon
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    the cost of Title Insurance, when you want to refinance your mortgage, is atrocious in Iowa. Its over $1000 per loan!

    This is due to government regulation, and not the free market, of course.

    IOWA = I Owe the World and Apology!