I have recently encountered a problem with finding ice cream in some Maine restaurants. What could I mean? There is at least one, likely more, restaurants that will not allow regular ice cream to be dipped, unassisted, at buffets and other restaurants. Hunh??? Yes, the state has decided that ice cream, not soft serve, must have strictures applied to its dispensing. The inspector shut down the availability of it unless an employee at the restaurant doled it out. This, of course, is very expensive to station an employee next to the cooler all day while the restaurant is open. The excuse is that the ice cream is not heated and people put their hands into the cooler which, they allege, is unhygienic. Of course there are plenty of other unheated offerings at salad bars and buffets . I am told of some restaurants that allow the practice right now, and have not been stopped. Has the government of Maine sunk to the level of micromanaging our lives in restaurants, and of course other things?
I’m convinced that no elected member of the legislature stooped to such a picayune restriction. But someone did, and that someone or some group in the rule making bureaucracy (unelected, unaccountable, rule makers) decided that this practice must end with a violation subject to the police power of the state. Please tell me Is there any way to get to the bureaucracy to change this?
I do not wish to name restaurants here. I would not want to give the bureaucrats and enforces any excuse to come down on any of them. What can be done to resolve this? There seems to be no limit to their rule making on endless topics. This ice cream thing is just one example. I bet many of you can think of very many more.