• More Insane Rules

      The pointless regulations keep coming. But this one is dumber than most:

      Photo from the blog Popehat.com

      I had to read it a few times and then contact the officials who required it to discover that the only point of the sign is: it's illegal to not have it. Is this some bureaucrat's idea of a practical joke?

      The Florida Department of Revenue lists the law on its website. We called them and asked if there was a reason for the law.

      Spokeswoman Renee Watters responded: "A vending machine operator that does not place the notice on the machine presumably is not in compliance with the other requirements such as registration and payment of the tax."

      So there is a reason, after all: If a businessman fails to notice the regulation - it's conveniently located in Rule 12A-1.044(4)(b) of the Florida Administrative Code, by the way - it's a tip-off to the authorities that he might have failed to follow some of their other confusing regulations.

      But even if he is in compliance with registration and taxes, lack of the notice could still land him a $250 fine.

      Sounds good for government. But bad for entrepreneurs, who shouldn't have to spend time worrying about insane rules.

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