Brickbat: The Twelve Chairs


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The town of Bannockburn, New Zealand, has just one cafe, and the new owners say they may go out of business if the city council insists on enforcing a 12-chair limit on the establishment. The restaurant has been around for many years and has long seated well over 12 people. One of the previous owners says she was unaware of any limit. It only became an issue when the new owners applied to renew their alcohol license and a neighbor complained.