Big Snack, Big Controversy
If you think St. Louisans don't care about pretzels, good god you're wrong, friend. Sunday night, the Beacon
published a feature
(2,500+ words!) about the city's recent crackdown on the longstanding tradition of pretzel vending on Jamieson Avenue just south of I-44
Then yesterday, the Post-Dispatch got the "get" and named names
: Joe Kunkel
, the 87-year-old fixture on the Fyler Avenue median who has declined press interviews for literally about three decades, finally gave one. That story generated 76 comments and was the site's second most-emailed story yesterday.
And now Mayor Francis Slay
has weighed in
on his blog, saying that
City inspectors generally have more urgent things to do than chase after octogenarian pretzel salesmen. If no one is hurting anyone, we generally don't enforce minor ordinance violations."
However, he continued:
For whatever reason, the pretzel
vendors were getting more and more aggressive. We got complaints from
residents that the City was not enforcing the law...If you complain
about things like this, we will enforce the ordinances as the Board of
Aldermen writes them. If you don't, we probably will not...As for
pretzels, I am a customer. I plan to buy one the next time I see a
vendor. You should do the same. Or don't.