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Old 02-27-2009, 11:21 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Beer in a bag law - why?

Anytime you buy beer at a gas station, the clerk says it's the law to bag it.

Why?

Is this law based on psychology alone? Because it looks "bad" to walk out of a gas station with a beer?
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They don't do that here.

They do offer a bag, but I never take it. Good luck getting my 30 pack in there anyway.
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Old 02-27-2009, 11:25 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Paper insulates it so it doesn't get cold. They're just trying to keep their customers happy
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Old 02-27-2009, 11:34 AM   #4 (permalink)
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i love my bagged tallboys. reminds me of paper bags on women i have slept with....
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I buy at the grocery store and occasionally they will put glass bottles like wine in a paper bag, then the plastic bag. i thought it was to protect the glass. they usually don't do this if that is the only think I'm buying. I know i have bought at a gas station, but i don't recall what they did. oddly enough in my town its more convenient to stop in the grocery store than the convenience store.


in unrelated news, don't leave corked bottles in you car in the desert in the summer. it gets hot enough for the cork will blow out and your car will smell forever.
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I think it is because if it goes into your vehicle without being in a bag it is considered accessible alcohol and if in a bag it is simply groceries.

Not sure because I have never heard it as law but it makes some twisted sense to someone out there
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No law here about that. I just take the paper bag to keep my hands from getting too cold if I don't have a can koozie around. I'll wrap a napkin around a 7-11 slurpee as well.
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Anytime you buy beer at a gas station, the clerk says it's the law to bag it.

Why?

Is this law based on psychology alone? Because it looks "bad" to walk out of a gas station with a beer?
Its local law in California. In Grass Valley, they are required to bag it. In Nevada City (next town) just grab a 6-er and go.

You can also drink on the street in Nevada City (or could, I'd have to check latest) but not in Grass Valley.

Gotta keep the tourists smiling!
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Anytime you buy beer at a gas station, the clerk says it's the law to bag it.

Why?

Is this law based on psychology alone? Because it looks "bad" to walk out of a gas station with a beer?
It's because they're a dumbass, not because it's the law.
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It is the law here, if its not in a box. 18pack or 30pack needs no bag, but sixxer in cans or bottles has to be bagged. Dunno why, i just assumed the law was put in place by the Southern Baptist Mafia like all our other alcohol laws (no beer sold on Sunday, etc.) Maybe that way Deacon BillyJack can sneak out of the 7-11 with a sixxer and not worry about the other churchfolk seeing him?
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Its local law in California. In Grass Valley, they are required to bag it. In Nevada City (next town) just grab a 6-er and go.

You can also drink on the street in Nevada City (or could, I'd have to check latest) but not in Grass Valley.

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It's a law here in SC for single beers. Same way in a liquor store, they must bag what you purchase. You can not leave the store with a bottle or can bare in hand.....why? no idea.
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It's because they're a dumbass, not because it's the law.
Haole, this is Oregon and California law.

I can understand bagging groceries as a courtesy, but when I grab that Fosters oil can and say "no thanks", they panic and tell me to stop and how they could get fined if they let me leave with an "exposed" beer.

I like the logic about how a bag makes the beer unaccessible, would not suprise me if it's true either. In reality, it offers the driver a method of hiding the beer he will drink while driving...
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Haole, this is Oregon and California law.

I can understand bagging groceries as a courtesy, but when I grab that Fosters oil can and say "no thanks", they panic and tell me to stop and how they could get fined if they let me leave with an "exposed" beer.

I like the logic about how a bag makes the beer unaccessible, would not suprise me if it's true either. In reality, it offers the driver a method of hiding the beer he will drink while driving...
Really? Why did Screwser just post that it is in Grass Valley and not in Nevada City?
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It's a law here in SC for single beers. Same way in a liquor store, they must bag what you purchase. You can not leave the store with a bottle or can bare in hand.....why? no idea.
I'm telling you it's all psychology. No shred of true purpose. If so, this would be an example of a law being made for the purpose of appearance rather than function.

Even spitting on a sidewalk can be argued as a safety factor in that someone may slip on it...
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Really? Why did Screwser just post that it is in Grass Valley and not in Nevada City?
I don't know. But I've heard from the employees of many gas stations over the years, consistently the same thing. It's CA(or OR) law. Maybe Nevada City is special in some way, or all these employees are wrong and mistaken.
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in houston they bag them...... i think so you drink them outside and not get fawked with "drinking in public" or some shit....


i dunno the bums drink them in the bags all the time here.
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It is the law here, if its not in a box. 18pack or 30pack needs no bag, but sixxer in cans or bottles has to be bagged. Dunno why, i just assumed the law was put in place by the Southern Baptist Mafia like all our other alcohol laws (no beer sold on Sunday, etc.) Maybe that way Deacon BillyJack can sneak out of the 7-11 with a sixxer and not worry about the other churchfolk seeing him?

That's basically the reasoning behind it.
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Its local law in California. In Grass Valley, they are required to bag it. In Nevada City (next town) just grab a 6-er and go.

You can also drink on the street in Nevada City (or could, I'd have to check latest) but not in Grass Valley.
Last I heard, Nevada City recinded that ------special events only
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I believe it has to do with those pesky "consuming on the premises" laws that places have.

Like .45acp said, thank the Southern Baptist Mafia for some of the shittiest alcohol laws..................
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I don't know. But I've heard from the employees of many gas stations over the years, consistently the same thing. It's CA(or OR) law. Maybe Nevada City is special in some way, or all these employees are wrong and mistaken.
So suddenly, gas station employees are experts in law?

Kinda like the chick at BigO that tells me that nitrogen is better than air. She rewrites fundamental law of physics and now she's an expert.

Why would you trust a minimum wage employee regarding the law?
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It's a law here in SC for single beers. Same way in a liquor store, they must bag what you purchase. You can not leave the store with a bottle or can bare in hand.....why? no idea.
It's against the law to drink in public. If it's not in a bag and you are drinking it, you can get a ticket for drinking in public. Basically outside. If it's in a bag, they can't see it and you are magically legal.

I did get a cop good one time. I saw a cop at the 7/11. I got a coke and asked the clerk to put it in a bag. I walked right in front of the cop and got in my truck and he followed me. I took very deliberate drinks of my coke and the cop stopped me. I did nothing wrong except he thought I had a beer. When he saw it was a coke, he just said have a good day.
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I think a california storwe or liquor store owner needs to step in. The owners of the liquor store by my shop are scared to let anyone leave without a single bagged. I think it has something to do with the stipulations for their liquor license.
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