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New York – the Nanny State on Steroids

What if I told you that your state or city might begin to monitor your evening dinner habits? Would you think it a strange way for the government to use its resources? How about if I said that they might burst in, shut down your meal, and fine you thousands of dollars for eating with a group of random guests? Does that seem… overboard… to you? Well, if you are one of our lucky readers who happens to reside in New York – then you may well one day have the honor of just such a moment. New York, the leader in nanny state policies, has raised the bar to a whole new level of ridiculous.

If it weren’t being reported by a professional news organization and coming from a liberal nanny state like New York… I just might think this entire thing was a satire, but it’s sadly true.

It may look like a dinner party, but it’s really an underground supper club.”

Do you know what the difference between a dinner party and an underground supper club are? Me neither. Because there is no difference. The next time you go to a friend’s house for Sunday football and you bring a few bucks to help share the costs of the wings… ask yourself, “What’s the difference between this and an underground supper club?” Or perhaps some friends invite you and your better half over for a nice meal – do you bring a gift for the hosts? Perhaps a bottle of wine, or some nice chocolates? Be careful, you may be taking part in an illegal underground supper club!

There are multiple things about this absurd “report” that make me sad, and I’d like to touch on them. First, are there no other problems in New York that the tax dollars of citizens would be better used on? I am beginning to grow desensitized to the outrageous waste of these liberal nanny state politicians, but this is just too much. Second, how sad is the seriousness with which these “reporters” treat this incredibly normal behavior? How did this not get reported as the “most ridiculous news” of the day?

The city is not happy with folks inviting strangers into their homes to enjoy a home cooked meal and conversation…

nannystate“In New York City, people who offer meals to the public for money are considered food service establishments and need permits. The city does not allow meals to be served to members of the public in someone’s home.”

Look, I’m not advocating citizens breaking the law simply because the law is silly. However, I am advocating that preposterous regulations and legislation should be struck down when discovered. People are rational human beings who don’t need to be told what or where to eat, and while there is risk when eating in an “unregulated” establishment… I think most folks understand the risks. To be honest, most of our harrowing dining out stories come from restaurants that ARE regulated.

Let’ stop treating adults like children; let’s put the taxpayer’s money to better use then busting up a dinner party.

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Onan Coca

Onan is the Editor-in-Chief at Romulus Marketing. He's also the managing editor at, and the managing partner at You can read more of his writing at Eagle Rising.
Onan is a graduate of Liberty University (2003) and earned his M.Ed. at Western Governors University in 2012. Onan lives in Atlanta with his wife and their three wonderful children.

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