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Nanny state alert: Kalifornia wants to outlaw flat sheets in hotels.

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posted on Aug, 16 2011 @ 09:26 AM
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As if the economy isn't reeling from all the useless regulations out there, some idiot in California is actually pushing to outlaw flat sheets in hotels.

You would think they would have more important things on their agenda, like trying to balance their bloated budget.


California Considers Bill to Make Flat Sheets in Hotels a Crime

California has provided yet another example of just how far the tentacles of the Nanny State can reach. California’s legislature will be confronted by a load of bills to consider upon its return from a month-long recess, one of which mandates that hotels eliminate flat sheets and requires all hotels to have fitted sheets on hotel beds.

Section 1 of the legislation requires:

The use of a fitted sheet, instead of a flat sheet, as the bottom sheet on all beds within the lodging establishment. For the purpose of this section, a "fitted sheet" means a bed sheet containing elastic or similar material sewn into each of the four corners that allows the sheet to stay in place over the mattress.

The bill was introduced by State Senator Kevin De Leon. De Leon, whose mother suffered back problems as a hotel maid, said that the bill addresses an issue that is “close to my heart,” as the bill has been prompted by a growing number of housekeeping-related back injuries.

As the statistics regarding workplace injuries of hotel employees did not indicate whether the injuries happened as a result of changing sheets or scrubbing bathrooms, the bill was written to pre-empt injuries during a number of workplace activities.

The bill has already faced some dissent, including from State Senator Sam Blakeslee, who said, “We are not going to make it a crime in California not to use a fitted sheet? Really?”

A number of bloggers have mocked the legislation, including those at the Constitution Club, which wrote, “Assuming the bill passes … who is going to enforce it? Mattress police? Fitted-sheet police? Undercover officers posing as hotel maids?”

The New American

I'm sure they can put the same guys on the case who enforce that law that says you can't tear the tag off of your mattress.





Its amazing the silly things those legislaters come up with.

edit on 8/16/11 by FortAnthem because: Doh, screwed up title. :bnghd:




posted on Aug, 16 2011 @ 09:29 AM
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Your title: Nanny state alert: Kalifornia wants to outlaw fitted sheets in hotels.

The article: California Considers Bill to Make Flat Sheets in Hotels a Crime .

Either way it’s all insane..

peace

edit on 16-8-2011 by silo13 because: (no reason given)



posted on Aug, 16 2011 @ 09:31 AM
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Thanks for pointing that out; I fixed it.



Another thing about this law is its legislating laziness and destroying skills once common in our society.

How hard is it really to properly make a traditional bed? I remember learning these skills rather quickly shortly after joining the military. The only way you can get the sheets really tight and professional looking is to fold them the old fashioned way.

If the hotels want to keep an upstanding image intact, a tight sheet goes a long way toward providing the image of a hotel that cares about cleanliness. Finding a baggy, ill fitting sheet on a bed will give the impression that the hotel doesn't care about properly cleaning the bed and may make customers afraid to sleep under those covers.

The only fix will be to constantly have to replace the fitted sheets before they become stretched out, costing the hotel industry millions. Of course, they can always take the money back by paying their staff less, further hurting the people this law is supposed to protect.





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posted on Aug, 16 2011 @ 10:11 AM
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And folks wonder why there has been a net loss of jobs and businesses out of California for over a decade.

If, based on the job requirements a hotel needs to increase the physical requirements for a given position, why don't they merely do that? If they need to have a physical fitness test in order to hire maid, then they should implement a physical fitness test.

Workman's comp claims differ greatly within industry. If too many maids are filing for workman's comp then either they need to raise the rates the hotels are paying for it. That gives the hotel a number of options to reduce the rates, e.g. hiring more fit workers, getting new sheets, etc - but it is up to the business to solve, not the govermnent. The hotel industry should also band together and hire investigators to check these injured folks out. If they are in fact hurt, OK, but if they are engaged in physical activity while on workman's comp they should obviously be denied the compensation and further be charged with fraud.

Whats next? Forcing package delivery firms to accomodate handicapped drivers or limit the weight of packages to 5lbs?



posted on Aug, 16 2011 @ 10:50 AM
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and here is me thinking that it was only brussells that has stupid people running it.
if these people don,t have more important things to occupy their minds ,then get rid of them



posted on Aug, 16 2011 @ 10:55 AM
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Abuse of power? Someone clearly doesn't know what the legislature and legislation is for. Examples of this kind of idiocy abound in every state legislature and even to some degree at the federal level. And of course this will never pass. But what it will do is waste taxpayer time and money. I hope that this guy's constituents kick him out of office (which should be easier) or at the very least give him hell and do not re-elect. Seriously embarrassing, not only for California but for America.



posted on Aug, 16 2011 @ 12:34 PM
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Sounds to me like someone with a lot of influence owns a sheet factory!
Damn that sheet lobby!



posted on Aug, 16 2011 @ 12:37 PM
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Can't a group of citizens escort this man from his job? How is this guy not a bombarded with tomatoes upon showing his face?



posted on Aug, 16 2011 @ 12:41 PM
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Every time I hear a new possible law from California, I keep thinking that the legal weed is rotting their brain.



posted on Aug, 16 2011 @ 02:30 PM
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This has been bothering me all day.
We are not taking care of our veterans of war, kids on the streets, homeless, etc, but they're spending taxpayers money on making sure to outlaw certain types of sheets?
The world has truly gone insane.
Thanks for pointing it out - S&F!
peace



posted on Aug, 16 2011 @ 02:30 PM
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This has been bothering me all day.
We are not taking care of our veterans of war, kids on the streets, homeless, etc, but they're spending taxpayers money on making sure to outlaw certain types of sheets?
The world has truly gone insane.
Thanks for pointing it out - S&F!
peace



posted on Aug, 16 2011 @ 02:35 PM
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Gotta take care of all those illegals cleaning up the rooms.



You're right, the world truly has gone insane.



posted on Aug, 16 2011 @ 02:37 PM
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So making a bed with a flat sheet hurt his mother's back?

Does he have studies and evidence showing that of all the work housekeepers do it is specifically the use of a flat sheet when making a bed that contributed to the bad back? It's not the scrubbing, sweeping, vacuuming, lugging of heavy textiles, reaching or just being on ones feet for 10 hours. It's the flat sheets.

He must be insane. Or he's been bought by some big fitted sheet corporation.



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