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The Mattress Police May Soon be a Reality

New legislation is on the table outlawing flat sheets.

In the 1985 hit comedy Fletch, Chevy Chase says he's with the mattress police to get out of a sticky situation (see attached video). But California lawmakers are considering making mattress police a reality.

After the California Senate returns from its monthlong recess, one interesting bill will stand out from the mountain of proposed legislation. If approved, SB 432 will require hotels to eliminate flat sheets—the ones with no elastic on the corners.

My head nearly exploded when I read this. I thought it had to be a joke—we have a budget problem, a $26-billion deficit problem, a border problem and many other problems that are ruining California, yet this is the law that our elected officials come up with? Flat sheets could become a crime. For real?

Are we electing people who are so inept and so clueless about the real world that they think flat sheets will solve our problems? This bill is the brainchild of Kevin DeLeon a Democrat from Los Angeles whose mother worked in the housekeeping industry. He said the bill is "near and dear" to his heart. Apparently his mother suffered back pain while working as a maid in the hotel industry.

So in our suffering economy, and an already hurting travel and hotel industry, we are considering a law that will cost them $10 million to $15 million to get up to snuff and purchase new fitted sheets.

According to the L.A. Times, more than 7,400 California hotel housekeepers filed workers’ compensation claims last year. Out of those 883 filed for hurt backs, according to the state Industrial Relations Department.

So we know 10 percent of the claims are related to back injuries. But how many of these back injuries are mattress-related?

Of course, this bill has the support of big labor unions, but there were arguments in the Senate against this ridiculous piece of legislation from Sen. Sam Blakeslee (R-San Luis Obispo). He said, "We are now going to make it a crime in California not to use a fitted sheet? Really?"  

It is refreshing to see even a tiny bit of common sense left in what is otherwise a lame group.

I am no expert, but I just wonder what our representatives are thinking and doing when they come up with nonsense like this. The state of California is dying on the vine, and this is the best you have got?

There are hundreds of other issues that need to be fixed, ratified and worked on. Fitted sheets seem to be the least of the worries. Who is going to police this law? Are we really going to have mattress police?

Maybe if our legislators were doing the important things, such as watching our border, reducing their spending and, basically, just using their brains, maybe—just maybe—the state of California wouldn’t be the catastrophe that it is becoming.

So the question remains: Are fitted sheets really one of the important issues facing the state of California?

KC August 16, 2011 at 04:31 AM
You sound surprised that politicians on both sides do trivial stuff, such as a heated debate over the official "state dessert". Both sides do it, in the case of Democrats it's usually regulations (though I think GOP did pass the OC laws about proof of ownership for used cooking oil and making it ok to counterfeit WWII foodstamps in the 90's when we were bankrupt) while the Republicans spend money on things like the famed "Bridge to Nowhere" or bad military equipment that will end the lives of our troops sooner rather than later.
Cat V August 16, 2011 at 04:44 AM
This proves the point that the legislative branch hours need to be cut to part time. Immediately.
Rebecca Goddard August 16, 2011 at 06:07 AM
No KC not surprised, but just irritated, that those representing us are spending their time and our money on wasteful ridiculous trivial stuff like this. I don't really think I can equate military equipment to outlawing flat sheets.
KC August 16, 2011 at 04:45 PM
I can, when the government was working on the M2 Bradley program they a transport that was slow, not protected against enemy fire, and overall a death-trap for those inside. But it begs the question, why now? GOP has done the same trivial stuff this year as well. They even use it as a stall during important issues. If you go look, you will find some interesting stuff.
Robin Barr August 16, 2011 at 06:42 PM
This takes the cake. It's almost embarrassing. It's actually more difficult for me to put on the fitted sheets when they fit properly (taut). Have they looked into THAT? The answer is clear - NO SHEETS! In fact, just cleaning a hotel room is fraught with potential for injury. NO CLEANING HOTEL ROOMS!....starting with the next hotel room Kevin DeLeon stays in.
Rebecca Goddard August 16, 2011 at 07:53 PM
I actually have a difficult time cleaning my entire house and playing and caring for my children, who is going to be the dufus that outlaws that? My back hurts at the end of everyday. It's just insane, we are now making laws about bed sheets - ridiculous.
Cat V August 16, 2011 at 08:21 PM
Rebecca~your 'suck it up' mentality is not politically correct. It is perfectly acceptable to make a claim of repetitive injury against the sucker who had the audacity to give you a paycheck. Pride is a thing of the past. This whole cycle of insanity is driven by lawyers and insurers. Everything that is wrong with this economy is a direct result of those two factors.
Rebecca Goddard August 16, 2011 at 09:09 PM
I think the entire bill is nonsense. I'm not at all in anyway saying people aren't injured on the job, it does happen. But honestly, our government and litigious society has nothing better to do in these trying times than come up with a law about bedsheets? Could they get a tad bit more pathetic? And Cat I like that I'm politically incorrect, let's everyone know where I stand.
Cat V August 16, 2011 at 09:22 PM
well they still have to 'install' a flat sheet over the fitted right? Or are they going to risk lawsuits from guests that claim rashes from the nasty bedspreads? Maybe they can just hand out sheets when guests check in and it can be a do it yourself job? A reason for the hotel industry to weed out anyone over 30 and offer part time positions only.
Gordon August 18, 2011 at 05:47 PM
Several California hoteliers and hospitality management companies have already taken proactive steps to reduce overexertion and repetitive motion injuries using the Bed MadeEZ mattress lifter. For More Information see http://cadencekeen.com/LP/CKI_California_Senate_Bill_432_LP.html
SheSharpShoots August 22, 2011 at 06:47 PM
You must be kidding me? I can sit here like the rest of my fellow posters & provide perfect examples of issues that deserve our Governments attention. But the bare bone point here is that they don't want to do that part of their "homework". So in order to justify meeting (as our rules dictate) they will place stupid conversation on the agenda just to full an entire session. Our government pulls this B.S. because we the people ALLOW them to do so. Our Government seems to be like a bunch of children, if we don't RUN them, they will run us with B.S. like this. Pick up your phones people and send these "children" back to their rooms to do a better job! Emails are not going to cut it. They will just shut the servers down. But they won't turn off AT&T. I'M JUST SAYING!

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