‘No Alcohol in Public Places’

no-liquorI was out by the east coast of New Zealand, right by Mt Manganui beach, which is a major tourist spot (or so it seemed by the number of cars and people there), when I saw this very interesting road sign.

There was one on every second lamp post, along the whole stretch of the road along the coast.

Now, why would this be interesting? For one, and a very important point this is, people in New Zealand drink alcohol like water. It is more likely to find someone drinking beer at any time of the day than it is to find someone who drinks water.

It’s not to say that there is absolutely no alcohol sold at all. In fact, there was a bar every second shoplot all along the same stretch of road.

I’ve been wondering what this actually sets out to do. Because it definitely isn’t stopping people from drinking.

Whatever the case, here’s wishing everyone a Happy New Year 2009, liquor-free or otherwise.



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