Camden, NJ May Force Late-Night Restaurants To Close Earlier

CAMDEN, N.J. (CBS) – The City of Camden is considering imposing a curfew on restaurants, especially take-outs, in an effort to cut down on late-night crime.  But some business owners are threatening legal action to block it.

At the corner of Broadway and Martin Luther King Boulevard in Camden is Crown Chicken, where owner Liaqat Ali (above) says the proposed curfews — 11 PM on weeknights and 12 midnight on weekends — would eliminate 30 to 35 percent of his business.

In addition, he says, it would hurt area people who work on late shifts.

“We have a transportation center right here, 24/7, and Cooper Hospital nearby, 24/7, and everybody wants the food,” he says.

“We serve food, not crime,” he adds.

His patrons agree.

“They should leave it open,” says Fox (no last name given).  “A lot of people get out of work late; it’s convenient for people who work the third shift.”

Ali says he’ll be among those taking the city to court if the ordinance goes into effect.

Similar public safety measures were successfuly challenged in the past. In 1998 and again in 2006, the Camden County Superior Court ruled the curfew ordinance was unconstitutional.

Reported by Steve Tawa, KYW Newsradio 1060

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  1. DEAR RICK says:

    ITS VERY GOOD BUSINESS FOR THE EMERGENCY WARD AT COOPERS, NEARBY
    AND OF COURSE THE FUNERAL DIRECTORS LOCATED OUTSIDE OF CAMDEN

    1. anonne omious says:

      ‘Emergency Ward’? Really? What decade are you from, and how did you get a computer?!
      It’s 2011…they’re called Emergency Departments.
      idiot

  2. rick says:

    another good reason to avoid Camden (also known as Condemned) a mostly 9 to 5 town anyway.not a good idea for bringing good people and business back.

  3. jim says:

    Why would anyone ever want to open a business in Camden. The thugs have won! No wonder Camden cant get any business or tax base to come into the city now Camden tell business owners what their operating hours will be. This is not America.

  4. bottomline says:

    This method of non-crime fighting is nothing new. Chasing almost everybody off the streets is another method commonly used in Philly. Its called, no people, no crime. Why not just evacuate the city, then all we’ll have are cops and empty stores.

    1. anonne omious says:

      The CIty of Camden has been evacuated. The only people there now are criminals and politicians. Wait…those people are one-and-the-same in Camden. My bad.

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