Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The Bloomberg Totalitarians Ban a Cat from Algonquin Hotel Lobby

The totalitarians in our midst think they can just push people (cats and cheese) around any damn way they please. Sadly, even New Yorkers are submitting without a fight.

The latest mad push comes courtesy of NYC Mayor Bloomberg, who is an absolute crazed genius when it come to thinking up ways to play dictator. The latest Kim Il Sung-like moves from this wannabe despot is resulting in Matilda III, the cat, being banned from the lobby of New York's famous Algonquin Hotel and the restaurant Sardi’s eliminating cheese snacks at its bar.

NyPo has the report,including the Algonquin employees covering up for the Bloomberg Totalitarians:
The city Department of Health & Mental Hygiene has sunk its claws into another beloved New York institution — The Algonquin hotel’s lobby cat.

Matilda III — the latest in an illustrious line of free-roaming Algonquin felines — has been banished from the lobby lounge, leaving guests fruitlessly searching for her under chairs and sofas.

Prodded by Nanny Bloomberg, the DOH has been socking restaurants with steep fines for minor violations — and slapping dreaded “C” ratings on places where no one was known to get sick.

Some places are taking no chances, eliminating popular features before the DOH can strike them down. The party-pooping agency recently nudged Sardi’s to eliminate cheese snacks at its bar.

Now, thanks to a DOH “reminder,” poor Matilda is on a leash behind The Algonquin’s check-in desk, or out of sight on a higher floor.
The city’s favorite feline, a blue-eyed ragdoll, took up residence last winter. She’s the 10th Algonquin cat since Rusty, a k a Hamlet I, moved into the hotel, legendary home of the “Round Table” literary salon, in 1932...

Like her predecessors, she had the run of the house, but the lobby, home to the Round Table restaurant and lounge, was called her “natural habitat.”

Hotel staff tried blaming Matilda’s going missing on guests who were abusing her — a claim that gave paws, since it was not a problem for 80 years.

Algonquin General Manager Gary Budge first said the lockup was for Matilda’s own good.
“People seem more aggressive toward her, and she’s responding in a way that’s not helpful,” he claimed. But then he acknowledged, “The [Health] department in the past months suggested to us that pets in food-service facilities are no longer commingled.

“The lobby is an area where we serve food and beverage. We always want to be respectful of the Department of Health.”
A DOH spokeswoman said, “According to the New York City Health Code, live animals are not allowed in food-service establishments unless a patron needs a service dog.”

She said Algonquin managers told an inspector they had an “electronic fence to contain the cat,” and the inspector “reminded them that the cat is not allowed in food-service or preparation areas.”
If Sardi's and the Algonquin don't even stand-up to the Bloomberg Totalitarians, New Yorkers are really in trouble.


  1. Pussies!

    Would've been a great opportunity for a beloved institution to spit some fire at one that is not so beloved.

  2. 'Cause I am sure that my friend's cat Woody, who loves to stretch out on top of the refrigerator in the kitchen, will eventually cause my good friend to die of food poisoning. Next thing you know they will tell New Yorker animal lovers that they must erect baby-fences and/or barricades in the entranceway to any household kitchen (in the event that there isn't a locking door).

    Hey, why don't we ban live cattle in slaughterhouses, too. Everybody knows that when live animals are near dead animals that this is where disease comes from.