I posted this comment in response to a news story in tonight's paper regarding the first reading AND PASSING of an ordinance that would make "brown bagging" legal again.
Are we really surprised? We allowed beer to be sold in the city limits to help our "neighbor", who did not live in Bell Buckle, even though beer was sold a mile or so away, outside the city limits. THEN THE MERCHANT SOLD HIS BUSINESS!
How much has BB made from that deal? Not that our community should be sold at any price, but that was part of the reasoning that got it approved. We would make tons of money.
It was only a matter of time for this to come up. I am surprised it did not raise its' head before the last administration was gone.
Using the excuse that it can not be enforced would mean that anything is legal. Who stops prostitution, gambling or drug dealing? Since Bell Buckle can not enforce these laws, does that make them "bad" as well and reason to be legalized? That sure would change the quiet little town.
Saying it infringes on the customer's rights is a strange argument. How many customers pay Bell Buckle taxes? Who lives in the town, the customers? Did the customers elect our leadership? I must have missed something.
People are getting used to not smoking in restaurants, but we can not enforce it, so is that next?
We had conversations with the owner of a restaurant moving "out of town" just a few days ago. Ironically, he is moving to the place that sold beer before we allowed it in the city limits.
I am surprised that he did not mention drinking as the reason he left, but instead that there was not enough parking for his customers, do to the other restaurant having so much business. He also has walk-in refrigeration and is probably paying less rent than he was paying on the front square.
The Bell Buckle Cafe seems to be doing well without on site alcohol consumption based on the waiting lines. I can not believe that we are now worried about the customer's right to drink alcohol more than the resident's rights to a safe community.
Out of curiosity, if a bar serves someone who gets drunk and then leaves to have an accident, I thought they had some responsibility. This encourage the bartenders and restaurants to restrict someone who overindulges. Who would stop the brown bagger? Would the restaurant be culpable?