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I posted the blog because I wanted to showcase how laws affect both businesses and customers.

We in the US started out being run by rule of law, a Republic, not a Democracy, and we’re still a Republic, although somewhat watered down some in the last number of decades. If you don’t agree, then refer to this 10 minute Wimp.com video titled The American form of government explaining the different forms of government. The rule of law affects businesses, both startups and established businesses, as well as customer behaviors.

From the basis of rule of law, we need to have good laws written, not volumes of laws written, so that everyone can and will follow them. Having too many or too few laws on the books will cause havoc on our nation, and without a moral basis of a nation, we’ll decay down a slippery slope. Moral people follow moral laws, the less, the better. A lawless society, i.e. few or degraded morals, then more laws are written to counter lower morals. Having said this about the rule of law, this includes regulations and the size of each level of government, whether federal, state, or local ones.

So let’s get to the heart of the rule of law, regulations, food trucks, and customers.

The Story

The basis of this blog post is based on an article “Food trucks steer around legal speedbumps” about food trucks in Chicago and the affect restaurants, laws and regulations, and  the customer experience affects all of the above.

As per the article, “Some cities are more restrictive than others,” she said. “Chicago seems to throw every restriction ever invented at these people who are trying to make an honest living.” And, “Aaron Berlin, a soon-to-be sworn in lawyer at Kirkland & Ellis, worked with the IJ clinic while in law school at the University of Chicago. From his perspective, people involved in the push to allow more mobile vendors agree that they should be able to prepare food on trucks. He said it not only allows for interesting experimentation, but also helps someone with talent but little money start a business.”

When a government causes either  a business not to start or fail in the long run, that’s a government policy that is too restrictive of a business environment and changes in the government need to occur.

The Principle

A process produces a result. Think of it as a math formula.

1 + 1 + 1 + 2 = 5

Change either the numbers or the operators and you change the result.

Employers look at the results without realizing the process, employees look at the process without seeing the results. A good employer and a good employee with BOTH look at each. Same with bureaucrats, they don’t care about the results, only the SAME process.

The Issues

1. Bureaucrats want to run the business THEIR way. This is bad news for any business. Here’s the problem,”Berlin, who helped start the My Streets! My Eats! campaign, said the ability to cook on board becomes critical for food truck owners. Concerns over whether owners can monitor sanitation while preparing food are ‘backward-looking,’ he said. ‘These trucks and their location aren’t a secret,’ he said. ‘When they’re out and they’re cooking, they want to be found by their clients.’ Some proposals want food trucks to submit planned routes to the city, so inspectors can show up unannounced, Berlin said. But trucks already announce their locations ahead of time on Twitter or Facebook, he said.”

Bureaucrats ONLY want to see and will REQUIRE:

1 + 1 + 1 + 2 = 5

Food recipe + ingredients (don’t change) + food preparation (don’t change) + storage (don’t change) + delivery (don’t change) = Good customer eating experience

2. Restriction of a right to work.

Established businesses want to restrict competition which ensures they have a steady stream of income. “Licata said the city needs to consider the rights of restaurant owners who invest millions of dollars to build, open and operate restaurants when it considers new rules related to food trucks. ‘There is something to be said for protecting people who have created construction jobs, invested in real estate, paid property taxes and added to the overall economic vibrancy of the city,’ he said.”

3. Change the process, not the result, so work backwards from the results to change the process.

Realizing that changing the process can still achieve the same results:

2 + 5 + 3 – 2 -3 = 5

Such as this is the idea of a process equaling a result

Food recipe + ingredients + sanitary food preparation + storage + delivery = Good customer eating experience

4. All aboard the changes.

But here’s the answer, “Maroni, one of the first restaurateurs to take his craft to the streets via food trucks (editor’s emphasis), soon began working to change the rules so food truck owners could prepare food on the go. He not only helped write the new proposed ordinance, but also stepped forward as a leader in the food truck movement.”


And be a part of the improvements.

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