A Philadelphia councilwoman is pushing a controversial bill through city hall that includes a ban on the use of bulletproof glass in convenience stores.
The controversy has been exacerbated by city councilwoman Cindy Bass's reason for pushing the bill. In effect, she told WTFX in Philly, she doesn't want constituents' feelings to be hurt:
“We want to make sure that there isn't this sort of indignity, in my opinion, to serving food through plexiglass only in certain neighborhoods.”
Convenience store owner Rich Kim, whose family has run Broad Deli for 20 years, told WTFX the main objective should be safety: “The most important thing is our safety — and the public's safety.”
Kim said the bulletproof plexiglass was installed after a shooting in the deli, and an attempted knife attack against his mother-in-law:
“If the glass comes down, the crime rate will rise. And there will a lot of dead bodies.”
A Korean-American, Kim told WTFX he and other Korean-American store owners are being singled out by Bass, who is African-American, and others on the city council.
Bass bristled at the suggestion: “Absolutely not. Absolutely not. I can tell you, I find that offensive.”
She said more cameras, a security guard, and a security wand may answer some of the security issues, according to the station.
Kim, who told WTFX calls to police are often met with a slow response, said he'll take the plexiglass down “tomorrow,” if the police can guarantee his safety.
Video of the report, including interviews, is below.