A La Jolla hardware store is being forced to remove their popcorn machine they say was used to give the buttery treat to customers for free over the last 25 years.
According to a food inspection report, the Meanley and Son Hardware on the 7700 block of Girard was investigated for serving popcorn without a permit.
"Everybody has had fun with this until now, but we have to obey the law," said co-owner Bob Meanley.
One of the store's owners says the inspection happened after someone complained.
A customer reportedly saw another person reach into the popcorn machine barehanded.
"I’m sorry we can’t continue with the popcorn, but we’ll do it with everything else," added Meanley.