The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

31 August 2006

You must pay more for your buzz

Seattle puts the bite on Mad Dog 20/20:

The Washington State Liquor Control Board today approved a ban on 29 brands of fortified wine and beer for Seattle's "alcohol-impact areas."

The ban applies to neighborhoods covering more than six square miles of the city, including Capitol Hill, the Central Area, International District and University District.

The list of banned beverages includes cheap malt liquors, including Steel Reserve, Olde English 800 and Colt .45, and fortified wines such as Cisco and Thunderbird. Supporters of the ban say those products are favored by homeless alcoholics who cause problems in city neighborhoods.

Store owners in those neighborhoods will have to stop selling the prohibited products by Nov. 1.

The Law of Unintended Consequences should kick in around the third or the fourth.

In the meantime, Bayou asks:

[T]his really borderlines on poor-man discrimination. I mean, do they really think that taking the cheap booze off the shelf is going to stop an alcoholic from buying something else or from going to a different neighborhood to buy their preferred skanky drank?

Evidently they really think that. In my capacity, so to speak, as a person who, once upon a time, hoisted one too many one too many times, I suggest that drunks are far more cunning than Seattle's city council (or anyone's) ever imagined.

Posted at 10:51 AM to Dyssynergy

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Obligatory quote:

No nation is drunken where wine is cheap; and none sober, where the dearness of wine substitutes ardent spirits as the common beverage." -- Thomas Jefferson

Posted by: Ed Flinn at 2:43 PM on 31 August 2006

Hey rumpots...howzabout a little sterno!

Posted by: paulsmos at 10:41 PM on 31 August 2006

Sounds like an effective way to encourage more thievery, break-ins, and shop-lifting of the more expensive brands.

Posted by: Winston at 5:24 AM on 1 September 2006

I'm sensing a major opportunity here for an enterprising young lad (with some wheels) to perform arbitrage.

Were this area within a reasonable distance I might be sorely tempted ;->

Posted by: Purple Avenger at 1:09 PM on 1 September 2006