Drunk-dialing over Sunday sales

Last Saturday at midnight, as part of the fight over the Sunday sales , Walmart apparently placed flyers in the beer and wine aisles of local stores, according to state Sen. David Shafer (R-Duluth).

The literature urged customers to call the chairman of the Senate Regulated Industries Committee, which is now considering S.B. 16, a measure to permit communities to OK the Sunday sales of beer and wine in grocery and convenience stores.

A committee vote is expected on Wednesday.

But one should never underestimate the power of an unslaked thirst.

Shafer said a half-dozen slurred messages were left on his office voice mail at 1, 2 and 3 a.m. Sunday. “They were clearly on the cell phone in the beer aisle, drunk and unable to buy beer, and angry with me,” the senator said.

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March 3rd, 2009
2:50 pm

This is why my man Ox doesn’t support Sunday sales. Once again Cagle is wimp. Says he is personally against it, but will not block it. Can’t believe how that guy always try’s to play both sides. Ox is going to trounce him.


March 3rd, 2009
3:26 pm

This is a personal freedom issue. Quite frankly, NO level of government has the right to tell me when I may or may not have a drink. That said, since the government closest to the person should have the most power over the person (not that any government should have very much, but the further away it is, the weaker it should be), this should be a LOCAL decision, not a State decision.


March 3rd, 2009
3:45 pm

If you don’t want to drink on Sunday, don’t drink on Sunday. Each community should be allowed to vote on their community standards.


March 3rd, 2009
3:52 pm

You don’t have to support Sunday Sales to support this legislation. All this legislation does is allow counties to vote on whether or not they will allow retailers to sell alcohol in grocery stores, gas stations, etc. In many counties that have voted yes, you can ride to your local Applebee’s, drink a few beers and ride home but there is no option to even vote on whether or not you can pick up a bottle of wine while you are out doing your groery shopping on Sunday. That is what this legislation would allow.
You can be personally against allowing grocery stores to sell alcohol on Sunday and go to the polls and vote no in your county but not be against this piece of legislation which simply allows for the locals to vote. Voting for this legislation does not equal a vote for Sunday Sales, it equals a vote for local control of this issue. This does not make Cagle a hyprocite.

[...] many of you left drunken messages on David Shafer’s answering machine? The literature urged customers to call the chairman of [...]

Chris Broe

March 3rd, 2009
4:45 pm

I wonder if participating in Sunday Liquor Drunk Dialing is going to count against us concerning the stimulus money? Do we have to air all our dirty laundry before the money actually gets here?

[...] Galloway reports state Sen. David Shafer, R-Duluth, was contacted by constituents early Sunday morning about the [...]


March 4th, 2009
2:25 pm

Methinks the good senator got voicemails from SB 16 opponents trying a bit of “reverse psychology”, and who were simply ACTING drunk.

(Unless, of course, they were Baptists…..who wouldn’t have to act as long as they were alone)