A place to get gas and gassed…

June 25, 2009

Quick quiz: Where would be a really stupid place to sell booze? a) churches b) kindergartensc) hospitals d) gas stations Okay, they’re all pretty stupid, but I guess I’m going to say gas stations, because you really can buy liquor there in Lithuania. I’m not making this up.But in a clear example of jack-booted repression, on January 1 it became illegal for gas stations to sell liquor at night.I mean, what could go wrong with a carload of yokels pulling off the highway, filling their tank, buying a couple of handles of vodka and roaring off into the darkness?To answer an obvious question, police data show that alcohol-related accidents have dropped by 45 percent since the ban was imposed. Nevertheless, an oil and gas company is fighting the ban, saying it may force them to start closing their stations at night and laying off workers.Well boo-hoo! My own personal opinion is that they should continue the ban at gas stations, and just sell their booze at highway toll booths, instead.

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Above: Women play in mud during international music festival “Be2gether” in Lithuania, June 13, 2009. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

Left: A man flashes a victory sign as more than 150 truck and bus drivers take part in a protest against the rising price of fuel in Vilnius, Lithuania, in 2008 file photo. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins

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Ever been to a gas station/mini mart in California?Fill the tank and buy liquor.Now post some funny pictures of Californians.

Posted by David | Report as abusive

What’s wrong with buying stuff at a gas station ? In countries with no 24 shops, it is the only place where you can buy stuff after work and beer&booze is part of it. Most of the gas stations here in Germany are making more profit from NONE-GAS items.Joerg

Posted by Joerg Wenzel | Report as abusive

I was going to say the same thing (California). It never seemed strange to me, its a matter of convenience, I though the report would detail buying booze on-sale – that would be a story – now who’s the yokel, Robert Basler?

Posted by zentelligent | Report as abusive

The fact that they do it in some parts of the U.S. doesn’t mean it isn’t still stupid.

Posted by Robert Basler | Report as abusive

Well, Michigan is the same. I’m guessing gas stations sell more booze, cigarettes, and lottery tickets than they do gas. It was amazing to me when we moved here, but there aren’t really many liquor stores, because liquor is sold everywhere! And you’re right–it’s stupid!

Posted by Homefire | Report as abusive

and how about Quebec … Beer and wine are readily available 24/7 there at gas stations. I think that’s a vast improvement on the iron-handed grip most of the other provincial liquor board have on the sale of alcohol.

Posted by Charlie | Report as abusive

In Louisiana the gas stations have to compete with the drive through daiquiri shops. But the daiquiri’s have the straws taped to the top to prevent drinking and driving. As long as the tape is in place it isn’t an open container. All of the sudden those Lithuanians don’t look so dumb.

Posted by MackDaddy | Report as abusive

Is there anywhere in America that you can’t buy liquor in a gas station? In Illinois you can. You can also buy gas at grocery stores.

Posted by dwi | Report as abusive

Years and years ago when I lived in Montana, you could get beer,gass,guns and ammo all at the same place. What’s not to love about that.

Posted by Steve | Report as abusive

be glad you don’t live in utah. you can buy alcohol at the “state liquor store” and beer at gas stations… only until 1 in the morning. all bars close at 2am as it is illigal to drink after 1am. liquor stores are open till 10pm monday-saterday except holidays and voting days…. sundays…. the sidewalks roll up. i would love to get some whisky on sunday, no matter where.

Posted by lena | Report as abusive

Well I live in Georgia and certainly sell Beer and wine coolers at every station(except on Sunday). And I have have traveled all over the US and I have seen beer ads in every gas station. I think this article is refering to hard alcohol though. In another article they refered to vodka and wine. Personally the US would be smart to do the same thing. But hey here in the US sadly money talks and morals walk. Now Georgia is even talking about ending the Sunday Alcohol ban “to stimulate the economy”. Typical “selling the message for a petty price” if you know what I mean.

Posted by Kay | Report as abusive

Here in Georgia, you can buy beer and stuff at the gas station, but you can’t buy ANY hooch ANYWHERE on Sundays, except for at bars and restaurants. Yes, explain the logic of that. NOT okay to buy booze to take home and drink, but OKAY to go to a bar, get loaded, and drive home.I love my messed-up state.

Posted by Emma | Report as abusive

Here in Arkansas you can’t even buy wine or beer, much less liquor on Sunday. You can go to a restaurant and get shnockered, then drive home; but, you can’t buy it and take it home. Yeah, that makes great sense.And, no, you can’t buy liquor anywhere except the liquor store. Convenience stores and gas stations only sell beer. Grocery stores sell wine and beer. The last time I was over the border in OK, it was the same except they do sell beer on Sunday in some places (and that’s just poor enforcement).

Posted by gwmc | Report as abusive

In Australia you get drive through off-licenses!

Posted by Richard | Report as abusive

I live in North Queensland, Australia. They don’t sell any sort of alcohol in petrol stations here except for really small places, like where a town is marked on the map but the only buildings in sight when you get there is a post office on one side of the road and the gas station on the other. They have beer, sometimes. Don’t know about the other states, they might be different. For example – pot’s illegal in this state but in South Australia or the ACT you can grow up to five plants per person over eighteen in your back yard.

Posted by Antman | Report as abusive

Here in Connecticut we can’t even buy wine in grocery stores, only beer. After 9 P.M., it is illegal to sell alcohol of any kind, all of the liquor stores have to close, and any store that is still open has to either cover it or remove it from their shelves. We also can’t buy alcohol on Sundays, and we would never imagine being able to buy anything like that at our gas stations.

Posted by rdon | Report as abusive