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Muses_nightmare
08-29-2008, 02:08 AM
It always amused me when people did this at the gas station I worked at, though it's not necessarily bad, or even stupid of people, it amused me regardless.

It ususally went like this:

Guy wanders around the store for 5 minutes, which in itself is a feat because the store was like 10 by 20 feet give or take, basically you could see most of the store by standing at the door. Anyways he finally comes up to me and the conversation goes something like this:

BG: Beer guy
Me: :wave:

BG: Where do you keep your beer?
Me: At the liquor store 3 blocks down.
BG: So you don't sell beer here?
Me: No, and you'd be hard pressed to find any gas stations in BC that do, alcohol is only sold in liquor stores, and bars here.
BG: So no beer?
Me: No

Guy leaves

Sometimes other customers would join in the conversation too. I always found it strange that other places sell alcohol in regular stores, I know they do, it's just strange to me, I'm so used to it here I suppose. *shrugs* I do live here :lol:

IEatCustomers4Breakfast
08-29-2008, 06:44 AM
I work in a drug store, but we don't sell alcohol. On any given night, I get no less than 3 people making a fuss that we don't sell it. :rolleyes:

Drives me nuts.

StanFlouride
08-29-2008, 07:40 AM
In New Mexico they have drive-up windows in liquor stores. Occasionally, and I have been inside when this happened, a driver will have a bit of 'trouble' finding the window and leave a bit of paint along the wall.

Muses_nightmare
08-29-2008, 11:48 AM
In New Mexico they have drive-up windows in liquor stores. Occasionally, and I have been inside when this happened, a driver will have a bit of 'trouble' finding the window and leave a bit of paint along the wall.
I've seen drive thru liquor stores here in BC, though I haven't personally witnessed anyone using them.

PossJB
08-29-2008, 12:59 PM
In Oregon, it is common for corner markets and suchlike to sell beer and/or wine, but only liquor stores can sell hard alcohol. If you drive down to California, you can pick up anything in a grocery store, and it's cheaper to boot.

LibraryLady
08-29-2008, 01:31 PM
Things are even more complex in New York. Here, Just about any store that sells food can sell beer. However, wine and hard liquor can only be bought in liquor stores. There are also stores that sell only wine.

Liquor stores can't sell sodas or snacks. They can sell wine glasses, coasters, openers and books about wine or liquors. It's an odd situation.

Music Mo-Gal
08-29-2008, 06:02 PM
I grew up in Pennsylvania (USA) and it was similar there. Wine and hard liquor could only be purchased at state stores. Cases of beer had to be bought at a beer distributor. Six-packs of beer can only be bought "to go" at bars. It's very hard to explain to people from other states who are used to just going into a convenience store or supermarket.

seigus
08-29-2008, 08:08 PM
Here in Idaho you can get beer and wine in the grocery and convenience stores, but the hard liquor can only be obtained in STATE OWNED liquor stores! Threw me for a loop when I moved here.

PizzaDrone
08-29-2008, 08:22 PM
I always find it quite strange when I hear about alcohol being sold in petrol stations. I mean, don't drink and drive and all that. Not suggesting that anyone who bought it would immediately swig it down and go back to their car but it just seems a little out of place.

freeatlast
08-30-2008, 01:24 AM
Here in Indiana, you can buy warm beer, wine and hard liquor at grocery stores. But you can only buy cold beer at a liquor store. No alcohol is sold at convenience stores. Also, liquor stores can sell accessories (corkscrews, glasses, etc) snacks and warm 2ltr bottles of soda as well as multi-packs of warm soda, but cannot sell cold soda or bottled water.

PepperElf
08-30-2008, 07:17 AM
and dont forget that in ny you can't sell beer on sunday before noon.

when i was in va the grocery stores could sell wine and champange, and mixed drinks... but not the hard stuff by itself

Setsunaela
08-30-2008, 06:36 PM
Yeah here in Virginia the grocery stores can (and do!) sell beer, wine, and those hard-liquor mixer things, but no hard liquor. Liquor can be sold in liquor stores.
Our gas stations and convenience stores sell beer and some sell wine as well, but again, no hard liquor. My boyfriend was shocked at the fact that local groceries don't sell the hard stuff, since he's from Cali.

daleduke17
08-30-2008, 06:59 PM
Here in Illinois, just about anything intoxicating can be sold at a grocery store or gas station. The problem is is that each municipality has their own times on when alcohol can be sold on Sunday. Most are 12noon, but a couple are 1pm and one is 7am around this part. One town near where I grew up did NOT allow it on Sunday at all until recently. Heck, there's still some dry communities around here (I grew up in one).

Want some fun? Go to Wikipedia and read up on the booze laws of Texas, Kansas and Kentucky. Those three states will make your head spin.

smileyeagle1021
08-30-2008, 10:23 PM
OK, seriously, can y'all write into the SL Trib and explain your weird liquor laws so we can get people to shut up about how strange ours are... Malt beverages (ie, beer) can be sold at grocery stores and convenience stores, all other alcoholic beverages can only be purchased at state liquor stores... as far as serving alcohol, any establishment may serve alcohol with a food purchase... without a food purchase the only places that can serve are private clubs that charge a membership fee (which for some reason drives people mad... even though the membership fee for a weeklong membership is still less than what many clubs in Nevada will charge as a "cover charge" for one night).

PepperElf
08-31-2008, 12:05 AM
Oh... I forgot about "take out beer" from restaurants!

In virginia that's allowed too - under certain guidelines.
Last time I went to Gordon Biersch and for 16 bucks I could take out a jug of beer. I can't remember if it was 6 bucks for the jug and 10 to fill it or the other way around. But they could only fill it with the main menu beers because of the alcohol percentage. So they couldn't fill it with Winter Bach because it had a higher % alcohol. (and they capped the jug too, but it was a screw top if i remember)

actually not a bad deal... I wanted their food and some drink, but had to drive. so yummy food for me at home by the computer and some tasty beer in a giant jug :D

Jay 2K Winger
09-01-2008, 05:43 PM
Yeah here in Virginia the grocery stores can (and do!) sell beer, wine, and those hard-liquor mixer things, but no hard liquor. Liquor can be sold in liquor stores.
Our gas stations and convenience stores sell beer and some sell wine as well, but again, no hard liquor. My boyfriend was shocked at the fact that local groceries don't sell the hard stuff, since he's from Cali.

Yup. No hard liquor in the grocery stores in VA. You have to go to the ABC stores to get your hard stuff.

Brings to mind one day, though. It was a couple years ago, New Years Eve. Our store was closing early ("why are you closing early?" "Because we wanna go home and get drunk, too.") and I was manning the FDLP spot. It's now past closing time, so I'm pretty much just checking out the people leaving and turning away walk-ups.

Guy: *walks up*
J2K: Sorry, sir, we're closed.
Guy: I just need to buy some booze.
J2K: I understand, but we closed ten minutes ago.
Guy: Aw, man. You know any place where I can get some liquor?
J2K: Not here. You can't buy liquor anyplace but the ABC stores.
Guy: A what? Sorry, man, I'm not from around here.
J2K: Well, there's an ABC store down at the other end of the shopping center--
Guy: Great! *starts to walk off*
J2K: But it won't do you any good.
Guy: What? Why not?
J2K: They're closed on Sunday.
Guy: WHAT?! Where'm I supposed to get liquor?
J2K: Nowhere. Not on a Sunday, and not before, I'm guessing, your party.
Guy: Aw, man.

He walks off, thoroughly dejected, and I'm just shrugging and going back to my job. Next time, plan ahead more thoroughly.

SpyOne
09-03-2008, 11:01 AM
In Connecticut, it is illegal to sell alcohol anywhere that sells gas.

In Connecticut (where I grew up), there were privately owned liquer stores, and grocery stores (and convenience stores) could sell beer and wine. Now I live in Virginia, where the grocery and convenience stores still sell beer and wine, but the only liquer stores are owned by the State, so if you want some whiskey you have to buy it directly from the government. Apparently even the bars have to buy it there.

This is what happens when they let alcohol policy be decided on a state-by-state level: the laws are different everywhere, and nobody seems to understand that until they get bit in the ass by it.

"Sorry, we can't sell beer after midnight."
"Is there any place around here where we could buy a 12 pack at this hour?"
"... North Carolina. It's only about an hour away, so you could make it before 2. I'm pretty sure they stop at 2."
"That sucks. In (insert state here) they sell 24 hours."
"Yeah, well in Connecticut they cut off at 8 pm, and no sales at all on Sunday, so it could be worse. We can start selling again at 6 am."

Jay 2K Winger
09-04-2008, 04:55 AM
Yeah. We had this guy came to our store fairly regularly. Runs a nightclub in Springfield. He used to buy his beer at our store. Obviously, he didn't buy it tax-exempt, but he would buy multiple cases of it.

Then our local tax board agent, who was a regular shopper at our store as well, got wind of it, and he had to stop buying from us.

Lingering Grin
09-05-2008, 07:44 AM
liquor laws differ by CITY too, not just by state.

Around the area I am in, if I go a mile down the road into the next county, they can't sell after midnight. If I go a mile down the road in the opposite direction, they can sell until 2am.

If I go just around the corner (directly in between the above two areas), they sell until 5am...


..... :wtf:

Dips
09-09-2008, 03:24 PM
Waaaay back when I worked at McDonalds we had some German tourists come in and order some burgers, fries and beers. They do sell beer in European McDonalds, but we didn't (and still don't) sell beer in American McDonalds.

So I told them the bad news that we don't sell beer...

GT1: No beer?

Me: I'm afraid not.

GT1 to GT2 and GT3: No beer.

GT2 and GT3 to GT1: No beer?

GT1 sadly shakes his head.

GT2 and GT3 to me: No? Beer?

I shake my head.

Then all three walked out in amazed, bewildered disappointment shaking their heads and muttering, "No beer? No. No beer..."

They weren't sucky at all, but it was so damn funny it's still burned in my brain over twenty years later. It's still a running gag in the Dips household whenever we open the refrigerator to find we've run out of beer.

Greenday
09-09-2008, 04:51 PM
In NJ, you can buy beer, wine, and liquor all in one store. Bars sell 6-packs. Grocery stores sell wine. I've never looked for anything else.

Now I'm in PA for school, it just doesn't make sense. You can't buy beer and liquor in the same store. And the only place for beer around here only sells cases of beers, no six-packs. It's ridiculous.

greek_jester
09-10-2008, 08:08 AM
Waaaay back when I worked at McDonalds we had some German tourists come in and order some burgers, fries and beers. They do sell beer in European McDonalds, but we didn't (and still don't) sell beer in American McDonalds.

:blink: They sell beer in McDonalds? Since when?!?

Dips
09-12-2008, 04:39 PM
Yes. Some McDonalds sold beer back then and some still do now. If you Google "beer at McDonalds" you'll find some references to it. :)

Irving Patrick Freleigh
09-12-2008, 04:59 PM
Interestingly, none of these Mickey D's that serve beer are in Wisconsin. As far as I know. :headscratch:

Broomjockey
09-13-2008, 03:05 PM
Interestingly, none of these Mickey D's that serve beer are in Wisconsin. As far as I know. :headscratch:

As Dips' first post said, "European McDonalds", unless Wisconsin just joined the EU, I doubt that you had any there. :p

smileyeagle1021
09-23-2008, 12:28 AM
As Dips' first post said, "European McDonalds", unless Wisconsin just joined the EU, I doubt that you had any there. :p

that would be so cool if it did... then I'd only have to cross a few states to get to europe rather than across a really big ocean :)