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Every year one night in December the shops in our little coastal community stay open late and offer mince pies, shortbread and ginger or mulled wine to the regular customers who have kept them going over the year.
On every corner is a different class from the local Primary singing carols and some time during the evening himself appears drawn by four real reindeer (and you haven’t seen eyes sparkle until you’ve seen the kids as this happens) preceded by the local fire engine, the lifeboat crew, the coastguard, sundry others and up till now the police. We all fetch up near the market cross for an impromptu carol service.
This year the police have advised against offering wine as “it sends a mixed message.”
Now perhaps I lack imagination, but to me a glass of mulled or ginger wine simply sends a message that it’s that time of year again
After all, we’re not talking about half a tumbler full of Buckfast.
It's sad that something as nice as that can be tainted by a few wrong words.
Funny that you should mention this subject, but our local authorities have informed some shopkeepers that offering alcohol content drinks, even as a gesture of Christmas goodwill, would require an/the appropriate licence.
No doubt there is possibly a food or hygiene licence required for handing out mince pies!.
You 'paint' a lovely picture of a close knit and caring community. Long may iy last. Happy Christmas to them all.
Do you need a license if you are giving it away free? Obviously if you gave it to minors then you would be liable as an offence of buying it in the first place (for a minor).
did the police expand on this, and tell you what the mixed message is?
I can hardly think of a more pleasant custom than the one you described - it sounds delightful to me, and if I was the person responsible I believe I would completely ignore what the police said, and go ahead anyway.
There's absolutely nothing in the law that says a shopkeeper may not give a complimentary drink to people, provided the people are over 18, and provided the alcohol is consumed inside the shop.
Watch out, the anti christmas brigade, the PC correct mob, some "elf and safety noddy from the council", and possibly the anti-terror police may all be jumping on your community from a great height soon.
Just like in pretty much all area's of life, rules are made to deal with the lowest common denominator - people who have no self control whatsoever and would abuse a lovely tradition such as the one described.
In a nutshell, the minority spoil it for the majority.
Why wreck a nice country tradition simply because the "PC" brigade think this will stop errant teens from buying and consuming alcohol. They will get their hands on the stuff if they want to anyway.
Apparently its all to do with 'serving' on unlicensed premises, or premises not approved for liqueur consumption (ie planning permission regulations).
Strange really, because in our town we have many 'eating houses' that are owned and run by people who have strong religious beliefs about drinking,using or storing alcohol. Yet these same places use to allow their customers (not sure if they still do) 'bring your own bottle', which seemed to cover any disagreements or approvals!.
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