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    Eric Robert

    So Brookhaven isn’t trying to keep it in line with Chamblee. And DeKalb on the other border has later times. As to City of Atlanta – the closing time of 2:30 is not enforced for many grandfathered clubs. And even if it is, so what? It’s not like people are going to drive to Brookhaven at 2:30 to try to squeeze in another 15 to 30 minutes of pour time.

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    Howard S

    What is wrong with an establishment offering complementary drinks? Is it really that big of a problem or is it the Brookhaven morality police on the move again! If customers do not like it, they will not come back. Having wine tastings is a way to increase sales plus it offers customers a service by allowing them to actually taste a product before purchase.

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    I’m amazed we are still stuck on different hours for Sunday. So many restaurants have brunch and would like to serve mimosas or other light drinks at 10:00 or 11:00 am. I understand why some people don’t like that, but the solution is simple. If you don’t like drinking early on Sunday, don’t do it. Just like anything else that doesn’t need to be legislated. Make choice for yourself, not for the rest of the world.

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    Why should food sales be audited ? Seems like a bad lingering legacy of the blue laws.

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    I believe the law, as bad as it might be, is that places serving alcohol on Sunday (via a “special” license) must have at least 50% of their revenue from food. So no “bar” can be open on Sunday solely for alcohol.

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    It happens in “blue states” too and if you look at the history of the laws they’re created because the belief was people should be going to church and not drinking.

    The 12:30 Sunday timing in a lot of our country (again- in “red” and “blue” areas alike) came from the time Christian Protestants would be leaving from church.

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    Perhaps the silliest part of this “Christian prohibition” is that a lot of Catholics (still Christians, despite some Protestant protests) no longer (and haven’t for quite some time) even go to mass on Sundays but rather on other days of the week.

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    If someone is allowed to put chemicals on your head that could bald or blind you (yeah- I dye my hair and own it 🙂)—

    how is giving a customer a glass of wine the dangerous part of this equation?

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    Is this being driven by Christians? Or is it government control motivated by the chosen dictating their desires because they have the power to control?

    To what degree were people complaining before your government decided they needed to take care of you?

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    Google “blue laws” as opposed to red and blue states for clarification.

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    I don’t understand the outrage over this. Bars could be forced to close at 10 pm and I wouldn’t care. It might have the favorable effect of reducing the number of impaired drivers on the roads.

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    I know- a common stereotype though is that it’s a red state religious thing. I think the Sunday laws would be changed in a lot of of places but no politician wants to be known as the person doing it. I can see the campaign attack ads now -“So-and-So spent her/his legislative time providing easier access to ALCOHOL rather than fixing our government and SCHOOLS”. lol

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    Personally it doesn’t affect me, but as someone that waitressed and bartended in college I can say alcohol sales definitely help your tips.

    Closing all bars at 10 pm would be a nightmare for a lot of people that depend on that money to get by.

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    The Sunday thing started out as a religious issue- and some still agree with it or disagree with the sale of alcohol on Sunday at all (and to be fair most other religions have followers with beliefs in some way like this). The support obviously varies based on the location, but generally it’s not the best career move for a politician to dedicate their legislative time fighting for bloody mary’s and mimosas. ;0)

    I def. agree the other regulatory stuff has to do with $$$$$ though. Certainly there are no stories of salons being secret speakeasies and I think we can also agree that if we can trust someone to put acid on our heads- or even dye on our eyelashes our eyebrows!- they can be trusted to hand out a glass of wine. I for the record don’t even drink at the spa or salon- my allergies are too bad – I’ve just seen it without issues for so many years without problem the idea that this is someone dangerous just strikes me as silly.

    Make no mistake- if salon and spa owners cared enough to rally and spend the money to lobby for special alcohol permit$$ I’m sure a lot of govs would be happy to oblige.

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    Eric Robert

    Some people are night people and some people are day people. For over 20 years or longer than I can remember the drinking hours were not a problem. Then 1 or 2 council people last cycle wanted change. A compromise was struck rolling back the hours. And now it looks like they want to do it again. Other than one group seeking to impose their viewpoints over others I don’t see a reason to change anything.

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    Heather, just to clarify, we’re talking about government and the chosen, taking control because they can. What has happened recently in this diverse little arm pit of Atlanta has nothing to do with religion. It’s all about control because they can.

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    That hardly seems like a justification for increasing the number of impaired drivers on the road.

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    People that want to drive drunk will do it at any time of the day. Plenty of people- particularly on the weekends or their day off- get drunk at noon. Sure, there is a surge when bars close, but closing bars at 10:00 just means you’ll have a surge around 9:00 to 10:00— when more people are out on the road.

    You’re not increasing the number of impaired drivers on the road by you’re just regulating the hours they’re likely to do it.

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