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August 23, 2010 / thegrrlspot

No Wine on Sundays???

I’d like to start this post with a little bit of interesting trivia which may be news to all regions of the United States except that area we affectionately refer to (or not) as “The Bible Belt.”  Ladies and Gentlemen…you cannot buy wine on Sundays in the State of Georgia.  YES. I am as shocked as you are.

There I was.  Minding my own business.  Doing a little grocery shopping for the week.  Noticing that my neighborhood Kroger’s offered a seemingly large selection of vino for a grocery store, I meandered on over to peruse the bottles  for the coolest label (yes, this is how I choose my wines).  I selected a nice Syrah and placed it in my basket, sure that it would compliment a nice meal after a long day of work later in the week.  Oh! contraire.  (that means ‘on the contrary’ for you non-French types)

I’m a pretty self-reliant person and have little patience for long lines when I have like ten items to purchase, so I opted for the self-checkout machines.  You know – the ones with the annoying automated female voice that is always telling you things like “please place the item in the bagging area!” even after you already have, which then by the end of your checkout has you shaking the machine and screaming at her maniacally?  Yeah. that one.

Well this time, not only did snotty automaton lady in the machine yell at me to place the items in the bagging area, she also ratted me out!  “The customer service representative has been notified that you are attempting to purchase a restricted item.”  WHAT??  Flashing emergency lights started going off and suddenly barred gates were slamming down over every exit!  Ok, maybe not that bad.  But I felt like a criminal as the customer service representative came over to my bags, reached inside and grabbed my wine bottle!  Staring me down with her shrewd gaze, she not-so-kindly informed me that “We don’t sell alcohol on Sundays.”  I stared at my beautiful bottle with longing and repeated what she told me in confusion.  We don’t…sell alcohol…on Sundays?  I was completely perplexed!  I felt tricked! Duped! Who leaves wine out if you can’t even buy it?? WHAT KIND OF STORE IS THIS?!?! This…this…this is *gasp*  UN-AMERICAN!

I tried to reason with her.  Told her I was Jewish, told her I wouldn’t drink it today, told her I was having the Mayor over for cheese and who can eat that without wine?? All to no avail. The customer service representative stood fast, still as stone, and holding my bottle hostage.  Armed with years of Georgian Baptist-loving laws, she knew she had me beat.  Who was I but a heathen…and raised Catholic at that (heck, we drink wine in church on Sundays).  Hanging my head in shame, I went to join the other Catholics, Jews, and agnostics in hell the parking lot.  Ain’t no wine for the wicked, my friends.  Ain’t no wine for the wicked.

The women of Georgia take a stand!

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  1. Naomy / Aug 23 2010 8:09 pm

    the self-checkout machine paragraph cracked me up!

  2. Amara / Aug 23 2010 8:40 pm

    The same law applies in South Carolina too. You better buy all the alcohol you can before 1200 am on Saturday or you are SOL. Why can’t the South be more like AK where alcohol is available 7 days a week and the Brown Jugs are open til 2am?

    • thegrrlspot / Aug 24 2010 11:58 am

      oh man, Brown Jugs! What a classy establishment 😉

  3. Annie / Aug 24 2010 12:09 am

    Those who imbibe the devil’s drink on the the lord’s day should be smited. Clearly.

    • thegrrlspot / Aug 24 2010 7:14 am

      I hate when I get smited. So uncomfortable! 😉 How are ya, girl? Miss you!

  4. Joy / Aug 24 2010 4:14 pm

    Does that rule apply to other products as well? condoms per say? is “action” allowed on Sundays?

    • thegrrlspot / Aug 24 2010 4:55 pm

      You Greeks…mind always on one thing. *shakin’ my head* I don’t know! I wasn’t buying condoms!

      • Joy / Aug 24 2010 5:27 pm

        Its an important question ok? 😛

  5. Honey Duggan / Aug 26 2010 8:36 am

    Love that picture of the Georgian ladies SO MUCH. You need to photoshop yourself in there, with wine of course. What’s funny is that here in France, Sunday is the day you drink the MOST wine, but forget about buying it on Sunday because EVERYTHING is closed on Sunday…it’s a mean joke for those who arrive on a Sunday…

    • thegrrlspot / Aug 26 2010 8:14 pm

      ha! that would have been great…too bad I don’t know anything about photo shop. I am so computer illiterate.

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