That was an excellent thread.
However, I'm disappointed that "The Beer Store" got a free pass.
There is one total disaster. If you're unaware, all beer sales were controlled by various Ontario brewers which slowly devolved into control by U.S., Belgian and Japanese interests. (Brewers can still sell on-site at their brewery.)
The offerings don't vary much wherever you are and Mom and Pop could offer a full selection.
Once you get out of any city of any size you will see firsthand where privatization gets you. This past season saw a mandated cutback of staff hours in my store. One person is most often the only one taking returns and orders.
In my municipality pickups outnumber cars by a couple of magnitudes. Most of our pickups have never seen a farm yard or construction site. They sit on the driveway and once every few months, Lady says to Bubba, "Get those empties out of the garage!" and I end up in line behind several truckloads of bottles.
The service model is abhorrent.
What prevents total collapse is the wonderful staff serving me who have to deal with this - we are a small and cohesive community.
TBS can leave my life at any time. It's an impostion we don't need.
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