This is a true story. On Thanksgivingday last year, as the NJ City councilman informed of Food Health and Safety was enjoying some tasty cookies brought to his office, he was approached by two friends. One was a local restaurant owner and the other was a high level NJ govt Director of Food Safety. They discussed a common problem, their efforts to increase restaurant business and the loss of revenue from interference from a local soup kitchen providing "free" meals.
"We have to do something about these people that are providing free food to the homeless and down in their luck citizens that are reducing not only retail restaurant revenue, but also tax revenue lost from free but untaxed food". They all agreed that the little benefit given to the poor did not outweigh the larger good to the overall NJ economy. Within months after that chance meeting over homemade cookies and cake, the NJ town decided that the soup kitchen charity was a danger to the health of the poor. It was outrageous that homemade cake was consumed by the poor and that the poor were in grave health danger. So..... The legislators enacted a law that made soup kitchens "retail" establishments and it would be illegal to serve the less fortunate with homemade cookies and cake due to health concerns.
Of course, retailers and government were pleased with themselves at protecting the retail businesses and the poor and by the way increasing tax revenue. This year they will again meet at their Thanksgiving Parties, eating homemade cookies and cakes and congratulating each other at what a wonderful place that enlightened America has become.