Ever wanted to buy hard liquor at 7 a.m., but darn, the liquor store was closed? (By law D.C. liquor stores don’t open till 9) Or have you ever wanted another round at 3:30 a.m., only to find that in D.C. last call is at 3? Alcoholics, worry no more, Mayor Vince Gray has a plan for you. More booze!
Yesterday, Gray proposed new legislation that would allow liquor stores to open at 7:00 a.m., so that boozers can get liquored-up before the morning rush hour.
And at the end of the night, Gray wants to push back last call to 4:00 a.m., after Metro closes, so more people have to drive home. Or maybe Gray thinks that if boozers get their last call drink at 4:00 a.m., they can hold out until the liquor stores open at 7.
Gray hopes that these changes will increase D.C. alcohol sales by $50 million dollars a year. More alcohol sales means more taxes to help close a hole in his 2013 budget. What Gray has not calculated is how much in extra health care and law enforcement we will need to spend with more drunks on our streets and roads.
The only customers who need liquor stores open at 7 a.m., or another drink at 4 a.m., are the people who don’t need another drink. If you haven’t found what you are looking for at a bar by 3:00 a.m., you’re not going to find it by 4. Hop the Metro and go home. And take Gray’s budget plan with you.
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