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This is not limited to CA. I have ordered some very tasty food through some very bullet proof, rotating food holes in the South Side of Chicago.
Seen the same in Berkeley, at a pizza place AND at a mini-grocery store. You had to ask the clerk to pick things off the shelf.Not surprisingly, that are is a gang-active area. I didn't stay very long.
Harold's Fried Chicken (a south side Chicago delicacy) is known for having that set up at nearly every one of their locations (they also have great neon signs:http://jhv.blogs.com/eatatjoes/images/runchicken.jpg).Sometimes it's pretty comical-I was in a Harold's once, and had to order and get my food through the glass, yet the door to the kitchen right next to the glass wall was wide open to let heat escape.
Totally not uncommon. The Popeyes in Manhattan at 125st and Lexington is the same.
I've been to places like that in San Diego. Damn glad I moved out of that neighborhood. Wayyy too much gang activity there. I was lucky nothing happened to me.
Every time you see something like that it tells you: some locals suck and the police aren't all that good in that area.
If that's the one in Long Beach it's on 7th and Junipero. Not only does it have bulletproof glass but there's a time when it had a drive thru despite having a very small parking lot. I used to live near there and found it weird when the glass was installed.
Yes, it is on 7th/Junipero -- just a block or so away from me. It is odd to have your food put on a bulletproof plexi turntable and spun out to you but I guess they've had a lot of robberies. No other store in the area does this, though - not even the banks...
There is a Subway restaurant here in Charlotte where the manager is armed. Let's just say it's not in the best part of town.
A lot of food places and convenience stores have these; I've seen them in LA, DC, Chicago, etc. However, most of the glass isn't actually bulletproof. Truly bulletproof glass in incredibly expensive, so the glass/plexiglas installed is a deterrent rather than an actual security measure. For a robber, it's easier to rob the place without the glass, notwithstanding whether or not one could actually kill a clerk.
In Detroit, you know your south of 8 mile when you see this glass..