GOP Senator: The Free Market Will Decide if We Should Wash Our Hands

Picard and Riker Facepalm

Should service employees be required to wash their hands before serving you a cup of coffee or a cheeseburger?

If Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) had his way, we would do away with cumbersome regulations that require you to wash your hands after taking a leak because the Unwashed Hand of the Free Market will take care of it.

“I was having a discussion with someone, and we were at a Starbucks in my district, and we were talking about certain regulations where I felt like ‘maybe you should allow businesses to opt out,’” he said, “as long as they indicate through proper disclosure, through advertising, through employment literature, or whatever else.” [...]

‘I don’t have any problem with Starbucks if they choose to opt out of this policy as long as they post a sign that says “We don’t require our employees to wash their hands after leaving the restroom,”’” he recalled, as the audience chuckled. “The market will take care of that.’”

The market will take care of that unless, you know, it doesn't.

Republicans are against regulations that require you to wash your hands or vaccinate your children or any number of the other things that you or I may consider to be routine or standard fare for any sufficiently advanced civilization, but when it comes to abortion there is no regulation they will not pass.

  • Treading_Water

    “Ladies and gentlemen, we’ve got an Ebola outbreak, we have bad actors
    that can come across the border. We need to seal the border and secure
    Thom Tillis

    According to the CDC, 48 million people in the US are infected with a food borne illness every year, 128,000 suffer such severe symptoms that they require hospitalization, and 3000 die. On the other hand, in 2014, 4 people in the US were diagnosed with Ebola and one died. Brave Thom Tillis taking a stand against a non-existent danger while ignoring a real one.

    • Lady Willpower

      He only took that “brave” stand because it enabled him to trash immigrants.

  • fry1laurie

    Those regs are meant to protect BOTH the restaurant and the public. My niece went on a class trip once, and at the restaurant some of her friends began to get violently ill. The health department closed the place for a while, but when it opened again the publicity from the closing was enough to send business down the drain. Maybe following some regulations would have helped that restaurant stay in business.

  • bphoon

    I can tell you this: Any food establishment that had a sign notifying me that their employees aren’t required to wash hands after using the rest room wouldn’t get my business.

    Like the vaccination “debate”, this is about public health. Apparently, these morons don’t recall from their history lessons (if they even had them in their home schooling or “Christian” academies) that lack of public health systems are what allowed the bubonic plague to wipe out half of Europe’s population back in the 14th Century. It is what allowed any number of contagious diseases to spread over the years; fun stuff like dysentery, typhoid, tuberculosis, smallpox, measles and others. And no amount of “freedom” will stop these diseases from reappearing (like measles today) if allowed to.

    My kids aren’t school age any longer but if I did have school age kids and they contracted something like measles and it could be established that they were exposed by some unvaccinated kid, I’d sue the pants off that kid’s parents. I’d also start lobbying the school district to require a current vaccination record before any other kid was allowed in school. Then lobby the legislature to pass legislation requiring vaccination of kids before being allowed in school as well as any public service or food service worker as a condition of employment. And yeah, requiring food service workers to wash their filthy goddamned hands when using the rest room.

  • Guest

    I want the freedom to drive 80 in a school when kids are present. I am a great driver and never had an accident or ran over a kid.

  • aynwrong

    Let’s be honest here, the moment the regulation requiring employees to wash their hands after going to the bathroom was done away would be the moment that notification on the part of whatever establishment would become the new Tea Party symbol for “overly burdensome gov’t regulations.” Or some nonsense about “punishing the job creators.”

  • Christopher Foxx

    Republicans are against regulations

    Not in this case. He simply wants to replace one regulation with another. Remove a “you must wash” regulation and replace it with a regulation that “You must notify”.

    And if the choice is between “You must avoid harming your customers” and “You must tell your customers that you are harming them”, isn’t the answer obvious?

    I mean, if you’re not a Republican, that its.

    • Treading_Water

      What do you mean regulations? The companies would voluntarily post a sign that would destroy their business. After all, all businesses act in the best interests of the public after all.