reply to post by machinegun_go_go
It is just another one of those stupid ideas that has been born out of someone wanting to do good, but getting it all wrong,
or justifying a law or control for reason “a” but the real motive is reason “b” –
we are flooded with laws and rules and ideas like this that makes simply getting on with life very difficult, and almost impossible to “not do
something ‘wrong’” - like if
one has been fishing and has a knife or something sharp in ones pocket – one can now be arrested even though it is obvious why you have a knife.
If one sits down by the river side to have a picnic with the family, and you have a bottle of wine or can of beer, in lots of places now one can be
arrested for drinking in a public place;
there is at least one city here, where you can be arrested for spending time in a public park (e.g. feeding the ducks during lunch time) if you do not
have children with you ... (if you do not have children with you – you might be a paedophile is the logic! ) – what happened to just spending
time outside & taking a break ?
Heaven forbid you take your bottle of wine to the wrong counter..... it does get very “over the top” and silly here......
on this buying alcohol issue...
a) There is no shame in buying alcohol, or disposing of lots of bottles in the recycling here in the uk – that is no issue at all, from that
viewpoint will make no difference at all
b) It will just create extra hassle when shopping and annoy people, hence people will buy from shops where it is the easiest and quickest
c) It may be a “politically acceptable” excuse to force all alcohol through more tightly controlled checkouts – some shops already have
controls like below.
a. Reduce theft of alcohol because it should only appear in certain parts of the shop and at the more tightly controlled checkout - as money gets
tight – theft goes up
b. Ensure that only over 18’s are operating the checkout dealing with alcohol
c. Tighter controls to make sure none is sold to underage people (big penalties exist for shops that do)
d. Probably also focus cctv on that checkout – hence holding proof that the shop is not selling to underage people
e. Prelude and putting the infrastructure in place to putting limits on alcohol purchase