The overwhelming vote last month to permit Sunday sales in metro Atlanta jurisdictions shows how absurd it was for the Legislature to put this off for so long. The usual opposition, religious conservatives, stayed in the background.
But there are liquor store owners against Sunday sales. According to some, they will now be forced to stay open on Sunday just to keep up with the stores usually open Sunday anyway. They say they won’t get any rest, they’ll lose money, and all that. To them I say: look to the Chick-fil-A example and quit whining. Close up on Sunday. Who cares?
Sales could potentially start in unincorporated Cobb by June 3. Until then, I doubt I’d make an extra effort to visit those areas where liquor is for sale on Sunday. It isn't that hard to remember on Saturday that you’re running out of your favorite beverage and you’d better restock.
Opponents of Sunday sales said much the same thing. We drinkers have six days a week we can buy alcohol. True, but that’s not the point. We just wanted the chance to vote on it.
One of the best parts of this is I won’t be standing in line anymore at the grocery check-out witnessing the disappointed customer visiting from New York, wanting to take a bottle of wine to a luncheon with an old friend, only to be told Georgia doesn't allow the sale of alcohol on Sunday. Thank you citizens of Georgia for acting like, well, citizens. Cheers!
Craig Allen has lived in Cobb and Marietta for 10 years. Reach him at email@example.com.