THE LEFT-COAST LOONS WILL NEVER LEARN
When California’s legislature returns from summer recess, it faces monumental challenges; the “proposed-legislation stack” is 900 bills high and growing; the state’s budget deficit is $26 billion and climbing. One would logically assume that these left-coast legislators will have no problem getting their priorities straight when they return to work, right?
Sure they will. Somewhere in that tall stack of bills, (presumably near the top) is SB432. This “critical” piece of legislation, if passed, would make it a crime to use flat sheets on the beds of California hotels. Yes, folks, fitted-sheets would become the law of the land. This isn’t a joke – by the normal definition, that is.
Moreover, hospitality industry experts claim the new law would add an estimated $15 to $30 million in costs to California’s already struggling hotel industry. (As if those costs wouldn’t be passed along to consumers.)
So what despicable crime – you ask – have flat sheets committed that puts them on the wrong side of the law? State Senator Kevin De Leon, (a Democrat, of course), who introduced the bill on behalf of his mother, claims she suffered back pains while working as a hotel maid. And of course, Hotel Workers Rising! jumped all over it immediately.
Assuming the bill passes, (far stranger laws have been passed in the Golden State) who is going to enforce it? Mattress police? Fitted-sheet police? Undercover – pun intended – officers posing as hotel chambermaids?
While in excess of 7,000 housekeepers filed workers’ compensation claims in California last year, just over 10% of them were related to back injuries. Furthermore, reports do n not specifically state whether the injuries were flat sheet-related, or due to other causes, such as working in stooped, kneeling, or squatting positions while cleaning bathrooms, for example.
Whatever the case may be, it appears that things are alive and well in the land of the Oz.
Just one more reason I feel so fortunate to live in flyover country.