Crowds line up in Grovetown to buy alcohol

Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011 5:52 PM
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This was the first Sunday Grovetown stores were able to sell alcohol, and customers were lining up.

Dangelo Turner gets some beer at the IGA grocery store in Grovetown on Sunday afternoon.  MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF
MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF
Dangelo Turner gets some beer at the IGA grocery store in Grovetown on Sunday afternoon.

After a unanimous vote by city council Dec. 12 to amend the city’s alcohol ordinance, Sunday carry-out sales of beer, wine and liquor began this weekend with a strong turnout.

Because GT Package Shop and Billy Jack’s were both closed, customers were only able to buy beer or wine, but that did not stop them.

“We had a line all the way around the store,” said Christopher Bourgoin, the second assistant manager of the Grovetown IGA at 110 Harlem-Grovetown Road. “People were waiting in the store for 12:30 p.m. to hit.”

Before the ordinance passed, people from the area would have to drive to the city of Aiken, which has a special permit for Sunday sales.

“People are tired of going to South Carolina,” Bourgoin said. “It’s a long drive.”

Michael Schuker of Grovetown was in IGA buying beer and wings in preparation of watching some football with his wife and friends.

He said there were times that he had forgotten to buy on Saturday and ended up having to drive to Aiken.

“It’s really nice and convenient not to have to buy in bulk,” Schuker said. “Plus, I think the tax dollars will be good for the city. It’s better that’s it’s here and not somewhere else.”

Bourgoin said IGA had sold more alcohol on Sunday than it does most days.

“I had a few say they didn’t even need it but bought it just because they could,” he said.

But Bourgoin does not think the novelty will wear off. He hopes the store’s Sunday alcohol sales will stay strong with people from nearby areas like Harlem, Thomson and Evans.

Cameron Herrin, an employee at A&S Market, 317 E. Robinson Ave., had a similar experience.

“We had a lot of people say the only reason they were buying is because they wanted to be the first ones to buy on Sunday,” he said.

They also had a line develop in the store around 12:30 p.m., and the interest stayed steady throughout the day.

“Once people get used to it, it will die down,” said Herrin. “Other than the alcohol, it’s been a normal Sunday.”

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charliemanson
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charliemanson 12/18/11 - 06:34 pm
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Times never get too hard for

Times never get too hard for the purchase of alcohol (and drugs).

nothin2show4it
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nothin2show4it 12/18/11 - 06:50 pm
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Just think now we can drown
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Just think now we can drown our sorrows on Sunday too. Whoopie, we can be numb AND a danger on the road all of the time.

corgimom
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corgimom 12/18/11 - 07:47 pm
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Oh, right, nothin, NOBODY

Oh, right, nothin, NOBODY drank on Sundays before this. Ever gone to a restaurant that serves liquor on Sunday? The place would always be packed!

KSL
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KSL 12/18/11 - 08:06 pm
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Nothin, I don't the the issue

Nothin, I don't the the issue is what days you can buy alcohol on, but whether you are a responsible person (drinker). Get real.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/18/11 - 08:32 pm
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This is all pretty

This is all pretty interesting. Casting off centuries of Blue Laws. No alcohol on Sunday is part of the Southern social fabric. No alcohol on Sunday is all we have ever known. Historic stuff. I can see why those people wanted to get involved by buying a sixpack. It's like there was a vote that instantly, bam, ended slavery in the South or something. The Berlin Wall coming down.

soldout
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soldout 12/18/11 - 09:00 pm
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Just sad and bad sowing and

Just sad and bad sowing and reaping for those buying and those selling

Dipshot
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Dipshot 12/18/11 - 09:03 pm
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Not all that long ago you

Not all that long ago you couldn't buy a hair brush on Sundays in South Carolina.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/18/11 - 09:23 pm
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I remember in SC not too many

I remember in SC not too many years ago it was really crazy. Big stores could be open on Sunday to sell certain items, but they could only have 2 cash registers open. The lines stretched forever. Anyone remember that?

TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 12/18/11 - 10:07 pm
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Lot of people that don't have

Lot of people that don't have all their cups in the cupboard - ridiculous!

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 12/18/11 - 10:29 pm
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Dipshot wrote: Not all that

Dipshot wrote:

Not all that long ago you couldn't buy a hair brush on Sundays in South Carolina.

That explains why so many South Carolinians have bad hair.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 12/19/11 - 07:03 am
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Not only that we get to buy

Not only that we get to buy our regular light bulbs again,,,,whweee--wheee....we are free from crazy decisions...well almost.

rmwardsr
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rmwardsr 12/19/11 - 07:31 am
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It really does not make any

It really does not make any difference. I know people who have made a beer run at 11:30pm on Saturday night to ensure they would have a supply for Sunday. And they got just as drunk on Sunday as they were on Saturday night. There really is no such thing as a responsible drinker. Drunk is drunk and dead is dead. As a preacher friend of mine used as an example in a sermon: If he was standing on the edge of the Grand Canyon beside an Olympic pole vaulter, and they both jumped at the same time, the pole vaulter's jumping experience would count for nothing, because they would both be just as dead when they hit the bottom.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 12/19/11 - 07:49 am
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Mr. Ward, "There really is no

Mr. Ward, "There really is no such thing as a responsible drinker." Really? Anyone who has a drink before dinner, or a glass of wine with dinner, or a beer at the ballgame is an irresponsible drunk?

stillamazed
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stillamazed 12/19/11 - 07:58 am
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Justthefacts, don't you know

Justthefacts, don't you know that the high and mighty ones always want to be the morality judges? You are correct in your statement, I rarely take a drink of anything but when I do it is in the privacy of my home when I occasionally enjoy a glass of wine or perhaps on a hot day I enjoy a beer, but I never get in my car afterward. Either people use common sense or they don't and selling on Sunday will not make a difference and you are correct also rmwardsr, people would buy enough on Saturday to get them through Sunday, I watch my neighbor drive off at about 11 on Saturday evening and I laugh because I know he is going to pick up his ballgame beer for Sunday, which he stays at home and drinks....

madgerman
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madgerman 12/19/11 - 08:01 am
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Just. Unfortunately there
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Just. Unfortunately there are just to many people who consume A beer, A drink or A glass of wine really can't stop with one. I find it funny that each time I go to the doctor they ask me if I smoke. I tell them no but I drink to excess, and they just smile. And do you know why they smile, because they probably drink to excess and just don't want to admit their adiction to something that has an over priced bitter taste.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/19/11 - 08:04 am
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I'm telling y'all Blue Laws

I'm telling y'all Blue Laws are a Southern thing. Seeing it end is like watching part of the South go away. It gives me a feeling like reading Gone With the Wind. Not that I don't agree it's way past time.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/19/11 - 08:06 am
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Ever see those newsreels of

Ever see those newsreels of the end of Prohibition and the parties they had?

rmwardsr
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rmwardsr 12/19/11 - 08:13 am
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justthefacts: have you ever

justthefacts: have you ever had unprotected sex, or in other words a one night stand, with some one you just met? Would you have a couple of drinks and go out and fire up your chainsaw? While a couple of drinks may not qualify one for for being over the legal alcohol limit, it still impairs one's judgement. And there is nothing wrong with a glass of wine, or a mixed drink, or a glass of beer. I frequently indulge in the enjoyment of a mixed drink my self, but, having spent the night the night on Fourth Street to sober up, and not to mention the ensuing fine and increased insurance premiums for several years, which happened back during my wilder younger days, which is starting to be farther back can than I care to talk about, no, there is no such thing as a responsible drinker.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 12/19/11 - 08:14 am
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"just don't want to admit

"just don't want to admit their addiction to something that has an over priced bitter taste." Try a little Johnny Walker Blue. Very smooth.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/19/11 - 08:20 am
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We all had our little Sunday

We all had our little Sunday stores where they KNEW us.

Y'all keep knocking getting drunk, but back in my serious drinking days, it felt good to get drunk and be somebody.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 12/19/11 - 08:21 am
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Mr. Ward, this isn't about

Mr. Ward, this isn't about me. We'll just have to disagree on this one.

nanowerx
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nanowerx 12/19/11 - 08:35 am
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Attention everybody, Mr. Ward

Attention everybody, Mr. Ward can't handle his alcohol so by default nobody can. Please stop drinking immediately as he thinks it is unsafe for us all. We need the moral authority to lead us into submission.

Carry on, citizens!

dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 12/19/11 - 08:45 am
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The naysayers seem to all fit

The naysayers seem to all fit the classic definition of a Puritan: A person who lives in fear that somewhere, somehow, someone is enjoying their life. Same buncha clowns, who in history have outlawed birthdays, dressy clothes, good food and of course, that most decadent of holidays; Christmas.

Cirroc2012
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Cirroc2012 12/19/11 - 11:29 am
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Sunday alcohol sales may have

Sunday alcohol sales may have cut the bootlegs income.

shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 12/19/11 - 10:17 am
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Little Lamb that post about

Little Lamb that post about the bad hair made me laugh and laugh! Now that was funny!
About the alcohol sales. Don't drink so don't care. Being from Charleston where you've been able to buy alcohol 24/7 since the early 1990's it's no big deal. They call Charleston the Holy City too!

Sargebaby
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Sargebaby 12/19/11 - 11:17 am
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First....Grovetown,.......nex

First....Grovetown,.......next........Evans! It was bound to happen!

KSL
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KSL 12/19/11 - 11:49 am
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LOL, dstewartsr.

LOL, dstewartsr.

Sargebaby
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Sargebaby 12/19/11 - 11:51 am
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Hi KSL, wouldn't you know, we

Hi KSL, wouldn't you know, we have to go, so I'll see you later!

cobraone79
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cobraone79 12/19/11 - 12:06 pm
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Its about time one of these

Its about time one of these local governments got smart and realized that separation of church and state is a major part of the u.s. constitution, moreover they can make money off the sales

TParty
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TParty 12/19/11 - 12:41 pm
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Sounds like the free market

Sounds like the free market has spoken.

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