Skip to comments.City requires lingerie store to get food permit for edible undies
Posted on 05/19/2010 9:41:31 AM PDT by llevrok
Rosemary Benitez thought it was a joke at first. She was told her store was going to need a food permit in order to stay in business.
But Benitez doesn't own a restaurant. She owns the Shades of Love lingerie store on West Bitters road.
Shades of Love sells racy lingerie, high heel shoes, adult toys and items meant to enhance a couple's sex life. However, some of those items are edible. That's why the health department ruled the store needed a food permit.
The permit costs about $230 a year. It also means the store is subject to regular health inspections.
Beneitez says, "Everything is sold as novelty. Everything in the box says 'novelty item' only... It's not something you sit down and actually eat. It's more for licking and tasting. Edible? No. It's not going to fill you up."
San Antonio's Sanitarian Services Manager, Stephen Barschewski, told us, "Any facility in the city of San Antonio that sells edible substance requires a food establishment permit. One, it's the law. Two, in case there's a recall, we certainly want to know the source."
Beneitez countered back, "I don't think you would actually eat, lick, or taste enough of this that it would cause a big problem (as in food recalls). It's absurd to me."
KENS 5 has learned of other stores, like Dillard's department stores and several auto parts stores, that are also required to have food permits. The reason is because they sell chocolate bars.
tasty undies ping
What are they tuna flavored ?
The permit costs about $230 a year.
Nom nom nom
Packaged tasties ... does selling a pack of gum require a food permit?
Yep, I often wonder how many Carbs could be avoided by sticking with those Cotton or Rayon thongs.
Do the Large and X-Large pairs count as 2 servings?
If the govt is forcing this, I’d personally just stop selling them to avoid the license. Unless of course she’s selling thousands of dollars of these a year, then it might be worth it to have the license.
Either way the government is stupid as ass.
Well that ought to balance the city’s budget! ;-)
Yep. Money and control. Synonym for Big Government.
Don’t give them any ideas.
Nice double entendre!
Not just big, any. It’s the nature of the beast.
“I’m glad they don’t make them things in biscuits and gravy flavor, or I’d get fat on underbritches alone!” - Larry the Cable Guy
Solution: relabel them. Perhaps “lickable” or “sweet”? This is simply government graft and should be dodged with the same lack of scruples as when the license fee was imposed.
Heard she’s selling crabs, too.
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