Listen Now: Alaska Food Safety Rules Force Cat Into Early Retirement
An Alaska store is being forced to say goodbye to one of its most loyal employees.
For six years a cat named Stormy has been a fixture at a remote general store in alaska. The slightly overweight cat lounges on the store’s chairs, greets customers and keeps the place clear from rodents. However not everyone appreciated his presence as official store greeter.
The state food safety and sanitation program received a complaint about Stormy and sent an environmental health officer to investigate. Sure enough Stormy was perched at the store in his usual spot. Unfortunately state food safety code prohibits pets in places that serve food except for police dogs and service animals.
Officials say enforcement of that rule is not high on their priority list but since someone complained they have to take action. Customers aren’t happy, saying those regulations make sense in big cities but in their small town of homer, Stormy was a welcome sight.
Some people even went to the store just to see the cat. Now Stormy is facing early retirement, and the store needs a new draw.
CBS News Radio national business journalist Brian Banmiller has spent more than 40 years in the news industry, covering business, politics and the economy on television, radio and in print. Currently, his “Banmiller on Business” reports are delivered to an audience of millions nationwide.
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