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Saturday, July 02, 2005
Wegmans food market has a 100% proof policy in effect at their stores. No ID, no alcohol, no matter how old you are. If you are 85, you still need ID.
It is an absolutely ridiculous policy. It is based on the presumption that we cannot expect anybody to use good judgment... so we deny them the ability to use any judgment whatsoever.
My father in law is in his 50s -- he was required to show ID because he was in line with his wife, also in her 50s, who was purchasing alcohol. Guys, my father in law is bald, for god's sake (Not that their is anything wrong with that -- as I am headed in that direction myself).
As you probably can guess, I got burned by this policy today. I wasn't really that upset -- I don't drink more than 6 beers a year. I just put the beer back and saved the $12. But I couldn't help but think that it makes absolutely no sense to have a policy that would turn down an 80 year old that didn't have their driver's license.
You can read more about this goofy policy here.
As with most stupid things in our country, I blame the $*&$)*@ lawyers.
Note that the previous policy was based on the personal judgment of the cashier.... What were they thinking asking employees to exercise judgment. Reckless.
Things are much better here in Michigan. Last night I ate at this great lake front place with outdoor dining. My guest and I did not finish our bottle of wine, but no problem, we live in Michigan...where you are allowed to simply put the cork in and walk out with it, which we did.
A good wine with a strong finish.
Don't blame the lawers for this one...blame the liberals.
The 100% proof and the .08% BAC are just ways for the neo-prohibitionists to hurt the alcohol industry and drinkers as a whole. Groups like MADD have taken a serious issue - drunk driving - and turned it into a Trojan Horse to hoist their agenda onto drinkers nationwide.
Their goals are to stigmatize and demonize drinkers and the industry as a whole. I think Wegmans is making a solid business decision when it decides to proof all buyers. Liability laws for vendors have been created to force this type of hyper-enforcement - and with the possibility of a lawsuit in the hundreds of millions (no kidding!) can you blame them?
Actually - it's a lot worse than just proofing 50 year olds. Wegmans will follow customers out of the store and proof anyone in the car. It's their property - so it is their right, but it does leave a bitter taste.
While liberals have been stymied on taxes, spending and most of their policy goals - the one area they have succeeded in is turning the government into an overprotective nanny state. Of course - how can you compete when an impassioned liberal do-gooder bleats that this restriction, regulation or banning is "For The Childrem?"
Actually - I kinda like the idea of making early life more dangerous for our kids. For one - it weeds out the stupids and second - it teaches them the consequences of stupidity - corners are sharp, random pills shouldn't be swallowed and ladders should be used for climbing up not jumping off.
Can having a few Crown & Cokes and getting behind the wheel of a car be any more dangerous than having two six year-olds screaming in the back seat?
We've got to be careful - or by the time we get back from winning the War on Terror - we'll find everything childproofed and alcohol, tobacco and meat plastered with warnings, taxes and a message from Ralph Nader telling you how morally suprior he and his dirty hippie friends are to you.
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