Here's some ultra-wholesome boosterism from the WSWT site that tries to explain:
Our industry was created by the 21st amendment, which gives wholesalers the responsibility to foster the safe and responsible distribution of beverage alcohol in Tennessee.The 21st Amendment is the one that ended alcohol prohibition, but allowed government to begin regulating the sale and distribution of alcohol. In other words, the graft potential was transferred from the bootleggers to the legislatures.
Ours is one of the healthiest wholesaler trade associations in the entire country comprised of more members than any other state. This ensures that the selection of wine and spirits products available in Tennessee is far greater than most states. We are committed to preserving the integrity of our products and the climate in which they are sold.
The story of beverage alcohol distribution in Tennessee is both a lesson in history and a case study in the state's evolving business climate. We are proud of our heritage and take very seriously the duty we have been given by the state to ensure the safe and responsible distribution of our products. Here you will find a wealth of resources regarding Tennessee wholesalers, from our beginning with the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, to the role we play in today's competitive market.
In Fort Worth, Texas and other areas not suffering under Sharia law, you can go into a grocery store and purchase a bottle of wine.
In Memphis, you can't. It depends on the whims of the various legislatures.
So what excuse would anyone use to force shoppers to make multiple stops to pick up their bread and wine?
Get ready....you know what's coming....they make you run all over town because....IT CREATES JOBS !!!!
Here's Hank Cowles, writing for the Memphis Flyer:
More than one million jobs have vanished in America in the last sixty days, and the end is nowhere in sight. Closer to home, changing our state's current alcohol-sales laws to allow wine sales in grocery stores or other big retailers will not generate a single new job, but would likely throw several thousand of our fellow Tennesseans out of work.
The Tennessee Wine and Retailers Association estimates that between 2000 and 3000 jobs might be lost, while members of the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission estimate they would need to hire over 2000 compliance officers to oversee this expanded availability of wine!
Wine in these stores would be just another item feeding their bottom line without generating more sales tax, while the loss of 2000 jobs would have a serious multiplier effect on the state economy. Most of these people would end up on the states' unemployment rolls, further deflating Tennessee's' ability to help its citizens. (The Tennessee Unemployment Department recently notified most Tennessee employers that the unemployment tax they pay will be increased due to the high number of claims filed by Tennesseans who have already lost their jobs).
As of Saturday, December 4th, in the year of our lord 2010, it is illegal for wine to be transported by anyone other than wine store employees using teams of mules. Consumers may not transport wine in their own vehicles. The mule teams, staffed by members of the Teamsters Union (to be regulated by legislative oversight committees), will be charged with making all residential wine deliveries.
All wine shop customers must be carried through Tennessee liquor stores in sedan chairs and each customer will be charged with employing four Customer Carriers upon entering a liquor store.
Cash registers are now illegal in Memphis wine shops. Winesellers must do all of their accounting and bookkeeping in traditional ledgers. A tax rebate will be available for those using an abacus.
One other thing....both wholesaler websites claim that the Memphis wine selection would decline if grocery stores were allowed to sell wine, implying that the citizens of Memphis now have a variety of vino that would make Bacchus blush.
Horsecrap. In the ultra-competitive Fort Worth wine market, we have liquor stores whose contents could float a Memphis steamboat out of a dry dock.
But I went to TWO different Memphis liquor stores that didn't have any Jim Beam Black Label. Any Fort Worth store that ran out of JBBL would instantly be surrounded by an angry mob wielding torches and pitchforks.
But in Memphis people don't know any better.
The alcohol merchants of Memphis, thanks to the "Bootleggers And Baptists" phenomenon, have never had to compete. They are allowed to get away with such shameful behavior because Tennessee citizens have no choice in where to buy any alcohol. (Hit the "Bootleggers And Baptists" label below for an explanation of this behavior.)
Ok, one last point, not quite related to the topic at hand. My employer, Jukt Micronics, has a factory/warehouse facility in Johnson County, Texas. Johnson County has the most bewildering overlay of contradictory, Sharia-inspired, idiotic liquor laws that I've ever seen. You can buy beer in some places, but not in others. You can purchase wine in a few convenience stores, but not everywhere. The Baptist Imams and Mullahs have worked hand-in-hand with the Bootleggers to create this monstrous web of confusion. Who benefits?
The liquor store owners just outside the city limits or county lines.
Who else benefits?
Johnson County is now known as the Crystal Meth Capital Of North Texas.
One adult male out of every ten is now on parole, probation, or is an involuntary guest of the state.
I'm not saying that there's a cause and effect relationship here, but it seems that all this prohibition is very effective in "saving and creating" jobs for law enforcement, judges, parole officers, probation clerks, jailers, the private prison industry, drug testers, urine tasters, and nanny state stool-sniffers.
That's all I've got this morning. Hope you have a great day. Please keep the wine-deprived citizens of Memphis in your prayers.
Soli Deo GloriaThere.