Libertyville (!), Illinois has apparently gotten its Governing Panties into an uncomfortable wad, what with this prodigious threat on the horizon:
Tuesday night the [village] board unanimously called for a moratorium on building permits and certificates of compliance for “personal service” businesses — which is what [Mark] Hoffmann and his building’s owner had thought the new business would fall under.
And what nefarious business was Mr Hoffmann planning? A tattoo parlor:
“It is my personal opinion that it is not a good idea to have a tattoo parlor downtown,” [Mayor Terry] Weppler said. “Two of my three kids have tattoos. I understand it is common among younger people and I was impressed with his presentation.”
Where did Weppler’s kids get their ink? Well, there are three other tattoo joints in Libertyville, but none of them are as horrifying to the board as Hoffmann’s. Said trustee Donna Johnson:
“Everyone might not carry your same moral fiber,” she said, “and that is what is driving my desire… I’m definitely not comfortable (with a tattoo shop) in downtown.”
This in a town with an annual Goose Dropping Festival.
(Via the Consumerist.)