Minnesota should ditch its last remaining blue laws

  • Article by: KEVIN CHANDLER
  • Updated: June 29, 2013 - 5:28 PM

Can you spot the sense in these inconsistencies?

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pitythefoolsJun. 29, 13 7:32 PM

Liquor store owners and car dealers don't WANT to be open on Sunday. They sell just as much because people plan around their closures. That's the sense in these inconsistencies. These businesses would have to pay more for Sunday staff, without an appreciable increase in sales. And Lord knows, they'd all move to WI if they had to pay more for staff.

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jd55604Jun. 29, 13 7:38 PM

Every time this topic comes up for a vote our state politicians always vote it down despite overwhelming public support on both sides of the political spectrum. Who are the politicians that oppose these measures? Are they being given political donations by car dealerships, bar/restaurant lobbyists? What's going on Star Tribune?

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jd55604Jun. 29, 13 9:33 PM

pitythefools, repealing these ancient blue laws still wouldn't force the car dealerships to open their doors on Sundays. They could be open 1 day a week or 7 depending on what they choose to do. These laws only make sense to people who have never lived outside of MN.

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FrankLJun. 29, 1311:40 PM

Repealing the law against Sunday sales makes perfect sense for cars. These days it takes easily 2 hours to complete a sale, thus for most people Saturday is their only option. If they buy a car during the week it means taking vacation, as it is difficult to squeeze it in before closing time.

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texas_technomanJun. 30, 13 5:58 AM

I lived in Tx for 20 years, and when I moved there they had blue laws restricted all retail to be closed on Sunday, except for grocery stores and antique stores. They were repealed; but not without the same whining from retail store owners that we have here "sales will not increase, costs will go up"...they were ignored, and sales did go up a bit...dump them!

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bako10Jun. 30, 13 6:41 AM

Pitythefools, the costs incurred by Sunday sales would ultimately be passed on to the consumer through higher prices. Watch out what you wish for, you may get it.

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pitythefoolsJun. 30, 13 8:10 AM

bako10: "Pitythefools, the costs incurred by Sunday sales would ultimately be passed on to the consumer through higher prices. Watch out what you wish for, you may get it."

No they won't. People will just go to WI to buy cheaper cars.

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tsudonymJun. 30, 1311:03 AM

"Dr. Spock" "“It’s illogical,” the normative Spock would say" Dr. Spock was the popular pediatrician and author. Mr. Spock (or Ensign Spock, or Captain Spock, or Chief Science Officer Spock, or Ambassador Spock, and/or whatever other titles he held) was never referred to as "Dr.". Please turn in both your man card and your geek card at your earliest convenience. You've brought shame on your family. May the gods have mercy on your soul.

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TheDarkOneJun. 30, 1312:29 PM

If the logic asseted by Sunday Liquor sales opponents, namely that the only thing permitting such sales would accomplish would be to spread 6 days' worth of revenue into 7 days, then if I were a liquor store owner wouldn't I WANT such sales legalized? I could simply then choose to stay closed on Sunday, while my competitors who chose to open would incur more costs without an increase in benefits/profits. In theory, by my logic I should come out AHEAD then, right?

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pitythefoolsJun. 30, 13 3:09 PM

TheDarkOne: "I could simply then choose to stay closed on Sunday, while my competitors who chose to open would incur more costs without an increase in benefits/profits. In theory, by my logic I should come out AHEAD then, right?"

Uh, no. As long as EVERYONE is closed on Sunday, EVERYONE benefits from not have to pay for staffing. As soon as ANYONE is open on Sunday, EVERYONE has to be open on Sunday. Your logic, and business insight, is a might slim.

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