The argument to close establishments that serve alcohol and liquor came up at an April 11 Horry County Council public safety meeting.
The concern is that a lot of police resources are being used to combat fights and unruly customers at bars throughout the county as more beer flows through the business late at night. Opponents say this is a ridiculous concept that just forces people to leave the bar at the 2 a.m. time and sends them home to consume more, if they choose.
So that leads us to the question: Should Horry County bar owners be required to close their doors at 2 a.m.?
Yes, they need to close at 2
Unfortunately, like may other governments, Horry County is reactionary. If an area needs a road, Horry County officials need to see traffic congestion at other intersections before it does anything. This is no different. Its public safety officials have seen a concern in the number of calls it has received afterhours at bars throughout the county. Therefore, the county is trying to do something about it.
Look, let’s say most bars open around noon in the county. That’s 14 hours per day to get your bar fix in, assuming the bar closes at 2 a.m. What do you do if you have a craving for alcohol at 4 a.m.? You have a drink at home. The same should apply if you have that same craving at 2:30 a.m. If you don’t set parameters, the issue could get more out of control than it is now.
No, they should not be required to close at 2
Dear Big Brother, I’ve had enough of your bossy bullshit. You make me wait until I’m 21 to drink, and I did. You make sure I do not drink and drive, and I don’t. And now you want me to wrap it up at 2 a.m. so those of us who wait for a cab can wait until 3:30 or 4 a.m. to get a ride because there are other responsible drinkers out there as well? Come on!
My friend is a great server who usually gets off work around 11:30 p.m. She’ll meet us out for drink after work at about midnight. Can you believe it, Big Brother, that there is a hard-working person who actually doesn’t get out of work until 11:30 at night? Can you fathom that? Or do we just think of those wearing the shirt and ties sitting around an oblong conference table during the day in Conway as the right ones to make decisions of the people who do their business around midnight as opposed to noon?