Remember the articles I wrote about the Alcoholic Beverage Control commission’s crackdown on a Roanoke bar because its customers weren’t buying enough food?
It appears that vexing issue has been vanquished across Virginia, along with all the other grievous violations of Virginia’s antiquated liquor laws. Every moonshine-producing still in Franklin County must have been shut down.
Because now, ABC agents are running undercover posses in supermarket parking lots, pouncing on college students purchasing water.
Elizabeth Daly, a 20-year-old student at the University of Virginia, found out about this the hard way. After she and her girlfriends purchased cookie dough, ice cream and a carton of water at a Harris Teeter, Daly’s car was surrounded in a parking lot by shouting plainclothes agents.
Daly, who was frightened, drove off. And for that she spent the night and most of the next day in jail. She was charged with three felonies, until a sensible prosecutor realized how silly the charges were under the circumstances.
I smell a lawsuit in the works — and maybe some extra training for the ABC agents.