From Sunday sales laws come “shot houses”

A little noticed story was reported by WSBTV Channel 2 last night. Apparently, someone in a College Park neighborhood was selling booze out of their home on Sundays in what the story refers to as a “shot house.” According to police, “Customers could go to the home on Surrey Trail and order a drink, or buy a six pack on Sunday.” Hmmm. So the illegal activity in question is a direct result of the government’s decision to outlaw an activity one day out of the week that it fully supports and collects taxes on the other six days of the week. WEIRD.

After receiving reports from neighbors about a line of cars in front of the home on Sundays, police “conducted surveillance, made traffic stops as customers left, and sent in an officer with a hidden camera. They then returned with a warrant and the SWAT team.” Okay, I get it. Something illegal was going on. And it’s the police department’s job to stop it. I understand that the problem here isn’t just selling alcohol on Sundays. Someone was selling out of a home in a residential neighborhood, operating without a license and in a place with children and families. Obviously, the potential exists for some sort of misconduct or violence to spill over. This is all bad. I’m glad the police intervened. 

 BUT. But. The fact that all of this happened – the bar’s existence, the police raid, the arrests, the coming prosecutions – happened because our state allows for the sale of alcohol Mondays through Saturdays. But not Sundays – unless you drink at a bar. On Sunday, it’s illegal. From a policy standpoint, it seems like a problem to require law enforcement to commit precious time, manpower, and resources to shut down shot houses while potential robberies, rapes, and homicides are taking place elsewhere. Can we just allow the sale of alcohol on Sundays already? Is it really too much to ask?

2 Comments so far

  1. Adam (unregistered) on December 16th, 2010 @ 3:26 pm

    What are these people doing out of church on a Sunday? If they were in church this wouldn’t be a problem. The sinners need to cast aside their wicked ways and repent before the eyes of the lord.

    Alchol sales on sunday… that’s blasphemy.


  2. abby on December 16th, 2010 @ 5:29 pm

    Welcome to Metblogs, Charlie!! Agreed on the absurdity of our antiquated blue laws, and their splendid effects of wasting government money and creating a pseudo-black market.

    Also, Adam — good point. Here in Georgia we are modern and accepting of different religions and beliefs and all, but honestly, everyone really oughta be Baptist. Or we could all just “manage our time a little better.” http://bit.ly/hoOeWQ



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