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O.C. city bars alcohol vendors from breaking up six packs in bid to reduce public drunkeness

The Daily Pilot reports that the Costa Mesa City Council is attempting to cut down on public drunkenness by changing the rules for some alcohol vendors:  No more breaking up six-packs.

The council approved new requirements -- which apply to new stores or existing stores that want to expand. Bottles and cans can't be separated from a set and sold, the council voted.  

Read the full story here at the Daily Pilot.

 
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This legislation is ridiculous. Since it only applies to new liquor store owners they have fight with existing owners for daily foot traffic that purchases single bottle or can of beer. Also it seems like it is targeting the homeless who tend to drink in the public and don't normally buy a 6-pack.

just goes to show that city councils have nothing better to do with their time.


Fantastic to read that Costa Mesa can come up with creative solutions to public
intoxication by just drinking, pardon me , I meant "thinking" out of the,
pardon me, I meant "outside of " the box.

I live over here in L.A. down the block from a 3-corner liquorsection.

That is an intersection on which 3 of its 4 corners is located a beer, wine,
liquor convenience retailer.

This infrastructure does a fine job in providing the amenities needed to support
a population in pursuit of the street dwelling convenience liquor lifestyle.

I doubt that Costa Mesa's "six or nothin'" rule would make any difference over here.

The container of preference is already the 40 ounce bottle or 28 - 32 or
40 ounce can.

These are already packed and shipped to be stocked and priced as single-sale units.

In fact, inside the independent liquor stores can be found various alchohol-bearing products whose labeling, packaging and formula have never been seen
by the customers at Bristol Farms.

Okay, so I sort of see the point here, that being someone can afford 2 beers but not a whole 6-pack so maybe that will cut down on individual beer sales. But isn't this also a bit like telling meth addicts they can only buy meth in 1 lb sacks instead of a baggie with a few hits in it? Sure it may cut down SOME sales, but it also puts MORE of the drug in users hands at one time.

Somehow I think this move will fail miserably.

Yeah, that's really going to change things! Whomever came up with this stupid law was a complete idiot! So you think this will help cut down on public drunkeness? NO YOU FOOLS! Now instead of just buying one or two, they will buy the whole 6 pack! So they will be even more drunk than if they only bought 2 or 3! Stupid people make stupid laws and we need to get these stupid idiots out of office and get some intelligent people in! GET A FREAKING BRAIN PEOPLE!!!

This is supposed to stop public drunkiness how? I can't buy one beer but I can buy six? As Homer Simpson would say "Who Who!"


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