No matter what side of the argument you’re on, I’ll bet your opinion was NOT influenced by the moronic spokespeople on either side! Both sides of the issue are making weak arguments. There is really only one issue at stake:
SHOULD WE HAVE THE FREEDOM TO BUY FULL-STRENGTH BEER AND WINE AT BOTH LIQUOR STORES AND SUPERMARKETS?
I don’t believe this is a political issue. It is a consumer issue. And when it comes to consumer issues I’ll side with freedom and convenience every time. Bottom line: I do believe consumers should be able to buy beer and wine at supermarkets. But while I’m on their side, I do not agree with the stupidity of their argument.
PRO SUPERMARKET SALES
Beer Drinkers of Colorado and other groups advocating supermarket sales claim that liquor stores are more likely to make alcohol sales to underage drinkers. They say supermarkets are more careful and therefore less likely to sell to minors.
So what? Even if that is true how can adding supermarket sales of beer and wine help? Will teens suddenly stop trying to buy booze from liquor stores?
“Hey Mike, let’s buy some wine tonight. Here is my fake I.D.”
“No, better not, supermarkets are now selling beer and wine and they are very good at spotting fake I.D.s.
“But Mike, let’s just go to a liquor store.”
Do you see how ridiculous their argument is? It makes no sense. Even if they are correct about liquor stores being careless, the addition of supermarket sales does nothing to enhance safety. If anything, it actually increases the likelihood of liquor sales to minors by the shear fact that more places will be selling it. Or are they really trying to make the point that ONLY supermarkets should be selling beer and wine?
The other stupid argument the pro-supermarket people make is that liquor sores have a monopoly. Huh? That is a total lie. A monopoly means one entity (or organized group) controlling many or controlling transactions. (Hence the two parts of the word monopoly. Mono = one; poly = many). Liquor stores are far from monopolies. Just ask the small liquor store owners what they think about the super-liquor stores. There is no cooperation or price-fixing in that industry!
On the other side, the arguments are just as stupid. “Keep it local” is one of their battle cries. Really? They want us to believe that money will flow out of Colorado if supermarkets are allowed to sell beer and wine. How asinine!
In reality, supermarkets hire more local people, use more subcontractors and buy more local supplies than all of the liquor stores put together! In short, supermarkets contribute more to the local economy than liquor stores. What does it matter where they are headquartered? It doesn’t!
The other stupid argument by liquor stores play on sympathy. “Poor us!” they proclaim, “If supermarkets sell beer and wine, we’ll go out of business.”
NOT TRUE. The truth is, they will be forced to compete with lower prices, which means lower profits. Get over it! It’s called free enterprise in a free-market economy. Besides, 42 other states allow supermarket sales of beer and wine and liquor stores are still in business.