If You Think It Sucks Dallas Can't Buy Liquor on Sundays (And Especially This Sunday) ...

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... imagine how the people who sell it feel. Actually, no need to imagine it: The D.C.-based Distilled Spirits Council of the United States issued a press release today demanding the state of Texas drop its "outdated law banning Sunday liquor sales," especially considering the many millions in tax revenue left on the table during a billions-o-dollars budget crunch where every penny counts. Says Dale Szyndrowski, vice president of the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (whose website makes me very thirsty), in the release:
"This is a huge missed opportunity for the state. Thousands of tourists from Wisconsin and Pennsylvania are already accustomed to Sunday liquor sales. They're going to be shocked when they arrive in Dallas and find the doors closed on Sunday. Texans, whether you're cheering for the Packers or the Steelers, if you're hosting a party and forget to buy tequila for your margarita before Sunday -- you're out of luck."
Preach it, brother. You're now free to visit the council's "cocktail corner."
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Chris Danger
Chris Danger

They should just drop this whole idiotic "prohibition", as many states have sunday liquor sales..Texas, once again, has dropped the ball, all in the name of keeping the Jesus nuts happy. I have a feeling this is going to be defeated sooner than later, as more and more people from the NE and West are moving here in droves.

Lakewoodhobo
Lakewoodhobo

at least change the law so we can buy liquor at grocery stores. damn.

Montemalone
Montemalone

Especially considering that in Chicago you can buy booze at the grocery store, and 7-11, and CVS 7 days a week.

LaceyB
LaceyB

Lemme just say, when I was shopping Monday night for disaster supplies (had a feeling on this one), most of what was gone from Albertson's on McKinney was Coke products. Even my beloved Fresca was down to the last 2.

No thought of milk, distilled water, etc. which were well-stocked.

Pull ya damn pants up
Pull ya damn pants up

Can we have a petition to the allow for liquor sales on Sundays just to fuck with Dwaine Carraway?

ReverendVelvet
ReverendVelvet

"especially considering the many millions in tax revenue left on the table"

This logic is flawed. If someone is so inclined to buy booze, they'll buy it on Saturday or Monday or they'll go to a bar/restaurant.

There are no lost sales or tax revenue - just deferred or redirected.

MattL1
MattL1

When I was in school in Boston some years back, you weren't allowed to buy ANY alcohol on Sunday, including beer (except at a bar, of course). This made NFL season (and, well, college) very difficult. However, during the holidays (Thanksgiving through New Years) the law was set aside and full alcohol sales were allowed on Sunday, for religious reasons or something(?).

That has no real relevance here, I just thought it was interesting. It could be worse, as it used to be in puritanically liberal Massachusetts.

Which brings me to my point: travelers, before you hit the road, check your destination's liquor laws and plan accordingly.

matt
matt

i wish. it is one of the dumbest laws on the books. cant buy a bottle on sunday, but you can buy drinks at any local watering hole. makes no sense

John Neely Bryan
John Neely Bryan

Thinking out loud here - At some point some social conservative legislator will try to ban statutes based on Sharia law, which of course will phrased along the lines of "religious or cultural laws". So my question is - isn't the prohibition of the sale of hooch on Sunday a religious/cultural law that would then be banned?

Mike
Mike

How about we make a deal with the scumbag liquor stores (Centennial/Big Daddy's, Goody Goody, Segels) that we let them sell on Sundays and they honor our election results?

NewsDog
NewsDog

But you can still buy beer, which is a more football related beverage anyway, and wine. All the locals know this and I'm sure they will stock up. Hmmmmm... maybe if I buy a bunch of liquor and hold on to it and then sell it to out of towners on Sunday at a modestly marked up price... I'm sure nobody here would be thinking along those lines.

Clancey
Clancey

I'm old and forgetful, that's why they need to be open 24/7.

Much closer to the actual reason: liquor store owners take Sundays off. There's no worry they'll lose sales 'cause the competition is closed, also. Same reason car dealers can open on Saturday or Sunday, not both, unless it's a major holiday. Laws like those are 'restraint's on trade', wide open for a lawsuit, there's no rational governmental purpose to support enforcement.

Anonymous
Anonymous

This argument is always used to make a case for it. It actually works in places like the Northeast that are small and have significant portions of the population close to a state border. People in the cities in Texas (where the great majority of us live) aren't going to drive to Louisiana just for some tequila.

Daniel
Daniel

I think the Oklahoma legislature already ran that one up the flag recently -- amending the state constitution to ban the ever-steadily-encroaching-upon-Oklahomans Sharia law. I'm can't recall how many peoople saluted.

Amy S
Amy S

Beer and wine sales are not allowed before noon on Sunday, unless in a restaurant or club and only if food is being sold with the alcohol purchase.

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

A friend of mine suggested as much last night, as were polishing off a bottle of something brown while watching ... something. I forget.

Daniel
Daniel

Not that Oklahoma has much to do with Texas besides regional proximity

LaceyB
LaceyB

Was it a "Survivor: Australia" rerun, and were you wearing the Jeff Probst hat (in pic)?

LaceyB
LaceyB

It might have been...since these things are tiny and you only get brim. I put on my red lipstick (in pic) to the main theme of "Silk Stalkings".

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

You referring to my profile pic? I'll have you know that's a very old, very awesome cowboy hat.

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