Do not intervene
Yes, do intervene
Because they are trying to apply blanket solutions to a system that is anything but uniform. If I want to open a little mom and pop breakfast joint, I shouldn't HAVE to buy a 900 dollar microwave that will see limited use. Nor should I HAVE to buy a huge 4 burner that sucks up nat gas like a 60's V8, when all I'm expecting to do is 800 a day in business. I can do that perfectly safely with an electric stove, lol. And for the record, what the government is saying, is that this crap they let the "rest of us" buy for home use is somehow NOT safe for heavy use, because it can't be used in restaurants?
Either **** is safe, or it isn't? I mean, maybe I'm feeding a family of 10 with my home depot stove?
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Which effectively closes the market to other would be commercial equipment producers out there. In essence, forcing a monopoly. So, regardless of the fact that a commercial microwave only costs a little more to make than a non commercial, the markup is huge. Because they can. And because they have to. Why do they have to? There are fewer customers for the commercial microwave, than for the home use.
It is the unintended consequence of safety. I'm not saying deregulate the entire market. But for ****s sake, a 900 dollar microwave? Especially for a CLASSY place, that simply isn't going to use it that often? A 50K oven just so you can sell fresh baked brownies?
At some point, we need actual, human to human communication to happen, one person speaking to another, voicing their intentions with item A or B, etc. Actual human decision making, based on individual situations and demands, not blanket policy.
I'm not saying to let the owner, who is a chef, try to rig up his own hood fan. He's gonna either suffocate his staff, or burn the place down. But, don't also tell him there is only ONE guy in town who is going to DICTATE to you how much that vent system is going to cost to instal. That's....R E T A R T T T E D.
I'm not saying to let every single kitchen out their have the option to buy a home depot electric range top stove. That's eventually gonna cause grease fires in places owned by short sighted idiots focused on quick profit. But to require that ANY place that needs an oven MUST use a 50,000 dollar oven...again....stupid. Maybe a place that is thinking about offering some fresh bread options doesn't NEED a 20K proofer along with that oven...maybe they are making low volume.
A lot of this came about from a genuine desire for safety, but an almost equal amount, it seems to me, came about from lobbyism, and the desire to retain american jobs. Hobart? Amana? These are american companies, with employees still in the US.