Will This Change Deter Alcoholism
by Angelic Lopez '19
The time for alcohol sales to begin has recently been changed from 7 A.M to 10 A.M by the city of Gallup. Is this a good idea or not? Let’s find out. GHS! Ambush had interviewed employees from known restaurants and a gas station here in Gallup to hear about their opinions and to see what they think about this change.
The first place we stopped by was The Rocket Liquor Store. Some employees had different opinions on if it’s a good idea to change the alcohol time sales. One employee said, “No, because outside the city limits they can still sell liquor at 7 a.m so the drunks drive over there and come back driving intoxicated and that's dangerous.” The other employee we interviewed said, “Yes, because all the drunks won’t be passed out early in the morning.” We Then asked if this change has affected their business in anyway? Their response was, “No, because they really are not that busy, but it affects the employees by cutting their hours.” “If the customers are already intoxicated they don’t get served.” Think about the change that is not affecting The Rocket Liquor Store as much as it’s just changing is the employee's hours..
The other places we visit that had a similar responses to each other were Shop-N-Save Liquor, Giant and Applebee's. An employee from Giant said, “No, because either way they can still sell and make their money.” A Walmart employee said, “No, because it doesn’t matter, it's still Gallup.” An Applebee's employee had said, “It’s not really going to make a change if they change the time sales for alcohol.”
The last two places we visited were Wal-Mart and Pizza Hut. They both said yes. A Pizza Hut employee commented that, “Changing the time on alcohol sales is a good idea because early sales bring alcoholics. They always hang out back of the restaurant f***ed up. You never know what the drunks can do, they can rob us or scare off the delivery people.” Pizza Hut is thinking for the safety of their employees and the safety of the intoxicated people. Walmarts response was, “Yes, because it’s too early to be selling alcohol at that time.”
We then asked all the places if they were aware of this change and they said yes and that they were prepared for this change and voted for the change. Now that you have read a couple of opinions on changing the alcohol time sales, what do you think of this change? Do you think this is beneficial for the city of Gallup? Will this prevent some of the alcoholics from drinking too early? Or, does this bring up the question if the drunks will do anything to drink if it means driving outside the city limits? Mayor was not available for comment.
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