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New Beer’s Eve

, , , , | Right | May 26, 2021

It’s New Year’s Eve, which happens to fall on a Sunday this year. In Texas, you cannot sell alcohol before noon. I spend most of my morning telling people that they can’t buy alcohol at the moment. Most of them understand and politely give me their beverages or wait.

It’s about ten minutes until noon and an older man with a younger woman approaches the self-check carrying some beer.

Me: “Sir, I’m sorry but you can’t buy the beer right now. If you wish, you can wait until noon to buy it. It’s only a few minutes.”

Customer: “Why can’t I get it now?”

Me: “It is state law that no one is allowed to buy alcohol on Sundays before noon, sir.”

Customer: “That’s just stupid!”

Me: “I’m sorry, but that’s the law.”

Irritated, the customer puts down the beer and storms out. It hits noon and we get very busy. I’m running around helping people when I notice out of the corner of my eye that the man has returned. I’m helping another customer when I feel a tap on my shoulder. I turn my head and, lo and behold, it’s the man gesturing to the self-check he is at.

Me: “I will be with you in a second.”

I finished helping the customer I was with. I helped him and ran off to another customer just to feel another tap on my shoulder. I looked again and it was the same man telling me that someone needed help. I nodded and went back to the person I was helping.

I get that people want their beer and wine to ring in the New Year, but there is no need to be rude about something I can’t even help. When I help customers I’d try to do in a way so someone isn’t waiting for a long time, I would’ve eventually gotten to him and the other person; he did not have to touch me.

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