Liquor stores, customers at odds over Sunday sales

There are 75 comments on the NewsTimes.com story from Mar 14, 2009, titled Liquor stores, customers at odds over Sunday sales. In it, NewsTimes.com reports that:

Everyone in cars with Connecticut plates parked outside a Brewster, N.Y., liquor store on a recent Sunday afternoon agreed with Matthew Serfass of Danbury, who said it's time for the state to repeal one of its ...

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Dave

New Milford, CT

#1 Mar 14, 2009
Just because they can sell on sunday, doesnt mean they HAVE to be open on sundays. Change they law, let them work whatever hours they want to, whether its 4, 5, 6, or 7 days a week. They all complained about 1 extra hour, saying they didnt want to be there untill 9.....a couple years later....they arent, some of them close at 8 still.
censorfree

Danbury, CT

#2 Mar 14, 2009
Who says they HAVE to open on Sunday? Want to spend more time with your family? GO FOR IT!

What does it matter to these people? They want to lose business to On the Border because they can't stomach losing business to Stew's??? I don't understand their philosophy.
coolbreeze

New Haven, CT

#3 Mar 14, 2009
my mama always says
yikes67

Burlington, CT

#4 Mar 14, 2009
Dave wrote:
Just because they can sell on sunday, doesnt mean they HAVE to be open on sundays. Change they law, let them work whatever hours they want to, whether its 4, 5, 6, or 7 days a week. They all complained about 1 extra hour, saying they didnt want to be there untill 9.....a couple years later....they arent, some of them close at 8 still.
exactly...no one is forcing them to open, but it would keep connecticut money in connecticut. i hate having to drive to brewster to pick things up at night on saturday or sunday. its close but it would be a lot nicer to stay in danbury.
Sunday Sails

Madison, CT

#5 Mar 14, 2009
In many states hard liquor is controlled by the state at state run stores. They limit the hours one can by a bottle of liquor. But in those same states you can by beer and wine into the wee hours of the morning and on Sunday. So I don't know what the answer is for CT? In CT it's OK to go out and buy al the drinks you want on a Sunday at bars and restaurants, but cannot buy it to take home. Base on that fact it seems to be more of a matter of logistics (i.e. where you can buy it) rather than a moral issue. I do know from my own experience that over the years I have spent a significant amount of money in NY buying beer on Sunday, so from a tax standpoint NY has been the benefactor of Connecticut's out-of-date laws. Finally, Sunday, especially in the summer is the day when you are most likely to have impromptu parties or have unexpected guests.
nana09

Wallingford, CT

#6 Mar 14, 2009
I say close ALL stores on Sunday........day of rest and family time for everyone would be great!
BillyBob

AOL

#8 Mar 15, 2009
nana09 wrote:
I say close ALL stores on Sunday........day of rest and family time for everyone would be great!
Someone being married to you would make them drink 24/7.

It's not prohibition. ALL stores should be open when they want to make money. It CT doesn't want the revenue, so be it. It's their loss, so stop trying to force your morals on everyone else.

I love listening to all the Born Again Christians and their day of rest speech on their soapbox.

Remember, just because you sit in a garage on Sunday doesn't make you a car !!
andrew

New Milford, CT

#9 Mar 15, 2009
Why can't the liquor stores simply stay closed on Sundays, or choose to close on a different day of the week? The legislation wouldn't require them to be open on Sundsays, and if they are right and there's no additional business to be had on Sundays, they wouldn't be losing anything by not opening on Sundays, right?

There shouldn't be laws in place that protect the amount of time a liquor store owner spends with his or her family. If that's why the liqor store owners don't like this law that's their problem, not the states.

Why can't they close on Mondays if they only want to work 6 days a week? Other businesses do that.

There is no valid reason not to sell beer on Sundays. If a liquor store owner doesn't want to open on Sundays he doesn't have to. Why oppose the law?
Needs vs Wants

Middletown, CT

#10 Mar 15, 2009
I believe this issue is being addressed by the Interstate Commerce Commission.

The Obama Administration recently formed a new group within the ICC to institute national policies on relations between the states and their Blue laws. Our own Senator Dodd will be chairing hearings in coming weeks to help us all understand the problems and issue a directive on consistent laws among the states.

For more information on this go to:

www/us.gov/icc/I-GOT-THE-BLUES /NEED-MY-BOOZE-ON-SUNDAYS-TOOZ
who cares

Goshen, NY

#11 Mar 15, 2009
it should be optional at the liquor store owners discretion, you wana work - you work. you wana - relax - you relax. if the state was smart, they would at least give the option to store owners.
Boxcar Willy

Montpelier, VT

#12 Mar 15, 2009
I think Sundays should be reserved for smokimg pot
TMG Live

Brunswick, ME

#13 Mar 15, 2009
Let them open on sunday,

BUT charge a $2 special tax per item for that day. Its for the taxes right? Isnt it that what its all about?

Or is it for the people that make the booze? So they can make more money?

Who got paid off by the booze makers, should be the question?
Carl

Burlington, VT

#14 Mar 15, 2009
That liquor store in Brewster has inflated prices, well above what most local stores charge. They are taking advantage of of the fact that Danbury package stores are closed. Stock up on Saturdays and avoid Brewster.
Same Old Shiz

United States

#16 Mar 15, 2009
The News Times just ran a story about this in the last few weeks. I know recycling is all the rage but come on, how about waiting a few months before reusing your stories.

Since: Mar 09

Exeter, NH

#17 Mar 15, 2009
my mama always says to!!!
Jess

Lakeville, CT

#18 Mar 15, 2009
Why should CT liquor stores be excluded from the same type of competition that all CT small businesses face? Because it's alcohol? Doesn't make sense.

Since: Nov 08

United States

#19 Mar 15, 2009
Why ban Sunday liquor sales in CT?]
it only makes the religious wackos happy.]
CT has been missing out on big tax revenue for years.]
Keep the tax money in CT let them sell liquor on Sundays.
CT Taxpayer

Brooklyn, NY

#20 Mar 15, 2009
If store owners don't want to open Sundays - DON'T OPEN ON SUNDAYS!! The law doesn't force them to open Sundays, it just gives stores the option to sell beer/wine/liquor on Sundays. Give me a break!
brewster new york

New York, NY

#21 Mar 15, 2009
the sales would be the same spread over seven day ?
BULL !!!
explain all the connecticut plates in our town on Sunday ?
it sounds to me the store owners in danbury are lazy and need to move on and do something else.
times are a changing.
Clarify

Shelton, CT

#22 Mar 15, 2009
Carl wrote:
That liquor store in Brewster has inflated prices, well above what most local stores charge. They are taking advantage of of the fact that Danbury package stores are closed. Stock up on Saturdays and avoid Brewster.
Beer at On the Border is cheaper than most places in Danbury.

The Blue law is a left over religious piece on nonsense that should have been repealed years ago. It makes no sense for CT money to go to places like On the Border period.

Don't want to be open on Sunday then you don't have to open but stores have no right to dictate to me (the CONSUMER) where I should shop. If the owner doesn't like it, get out of the business.

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