Saturday, April 26, 2008

LA Food Fight: Black Market Bacon Dogs

Amid the hustle and bustle of downtown Los Angeles, there exists another world, an underground world of illicit trade in—not drugs or sex—but bacon-wrapped hot dogs. Street vendors may sell you an illegal bacon dog, but hardly anyone will talk about it, for fear of being hassled, shut down or worse. Reason.tv's Drew Carey catches a bacon dog bust on tape.

13 Comments:

At 4/26/2008 9:28 PM, Anonymous The Masked Millionaire said...

After watching the video, "Black Market Bacon Dogs" it becomes quite obvious that bacon dogs are the main cause of global warming.

 
At 4/27/2008 12:48 PM, Blogger bobble said...

no one is saying you can't sell bacon dogs. just prepare them in a sanitary manner.

so, what is the point of the video?

that it should be ok to sell food that was prepared in an unsafe manner?

don't bother refrigerating the potato salad either?

look the other way if there are rat turds in the flour?

 
At 4/27/2008 12:48 PM, Blogger bobble said...

no one is saying you can't sell bacon dogs. just prepare them in a sanitary manner.

so, what is the point of the video?

that it should be ok to sell food that was prepared in an unsafe manner?

don't bother refrigerating the potato salad either?

look the other way if there are rat turds in the flour?

 
At 4/27/2008 1:13 PM, Blogger juandos said...

Ahhh, the socialist nanny state rears its ugly head again...

Thanks bobble for telling me at least its someone else's responsibility to make sure food is safe...

BTW what makes you think the health inspector knows anymore or less than some person on the street who does want a bacon dog?

I think the masked millionaire is right in regards to global warming and bacon dogs being the cause...

After a handful of those bacon dogs I'm sure there will be an excess of F - Bombs just tearing up the environment...:-)

 
At 4/27/2008 5:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can get bacon dogs from the street vendors in Tijuana.

Once banned in the USA, bacon dog vendors will boom in border towns.

Then the great fence will be built.....

 
At 4/28/2008 3:18 AM, Anonymous Fred said...

They can have my bacon dog when they pry it from my cold, dead, greasy, chubby fingers.

 
At 4/28/2008 9:24 AM, Blogger Marko said...

When you make bacon dogs criminal, only criminals will have bacon dogs.

bobble seems to think that Bacon Hot dogs don't kill people, lack of government regulation kills people.

It is comforting that while the government can't build enough roads, or provide enough police to reduce crime, or firemen to fight fires, or pay our soldiers a decent wage, or sufficiently fund intellegence gathering, they can GET THAT STREET VENDOR but good.

 
At 4/28/2008 9:34 AM, Blogger OBloodyHell said...

Back in the early-mid 1990s, there were a number of attractive women who had roadside hot-dog carts. The hook was that they wore bikinis. One woman started it, then a number of others mimicked it, but there was no end to the hue and cry over how awful it was... I guess they resented the lack of fat, dumpy, unattractive women doing it, or something, because they hounded them out of business.

This demonstrates one of the chief dangers of government. No matter where you are, no matter what you are doing, someone, somewhere, can take offense to it... and when they have a government job (and that's getting rarer and rarer to not be the case) that means that they can do something to screw with the person offending them.

 
At 4/28/2008 9:35 AM, Blogger OBloodyHell said...

Whoops. This was in West Palm Beach, FL. Somehow that got elided in the editing process. DOH!

 
At 4/28/2008 11:31 AM, Blogger bobble said...

"Thanks bobble for telling me at least its someone else's responsibility to make sure food is safe..."


LOL, have it your way, juandos. and, uh, enjoy the rat turds!

 
At 4/28/2008 12:00 PM, Anonymous Machiavelli999 said...

There was a good King of the Hill episode about this. Hank's town government banned all food with trans-fat. So, in order to protect freedom, Hank setup an illegal business selling food with transfat. Its a preetty good episode and worth a watch.

 
At 4/28/2008 12:57 PM, Blogger juandos said...

"LOL, have it your way, juandos. and, uh, enjoy the rat turds!"...

Well enjoy the security you seem to feel when a city employee (who couldn't get a job in the real world, hence is working for a government entity) tells you something is good enough and it isn't...:-)

 
At 4/28/2008 3:25 PM, Blogger t11s said...

See this article for technical details.

Grilling bacon dogs is considered to be the proper way to cook them, but LA law only allows boiling or steaming them. Apparently internal temperature (the true measure of whether pathogens are killed) is not directly regulated. Which is typical of silly regulations.

Secondly, it looks like LA only approves certain approved models of carts, which cries out "rent seeking."

 

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