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Wed Jul 12, 2017, 05:20 PM

Move the downtown liquor store? Sure, employees say but not because of homeless customers.

The state liquor store downtown on 200 West and 400 South opens at 11 a.m., but a loose line starts forming outside the door 15 minutes before the doors are unlocked.

The early shoppers on a recent weekday morning are made up of two groups of people a haggard-looking crew with the cardboard signs they'll use later to panhandle hanging limply by their waists and a small crowd of tourists in town for a work conference.

As the groups stream inside, security guard Melonie Thompson greets the regulars by name and with a smile. They already know what they're looking for, and some walk out with purchases of vodka (the store's top seller, according to the assistant manager) in their pockets and backpacks by 11:01 a.m.

During a given weekday, the clientele makes a noticeable shift. Around 5 p.m., people in casual and business-casual dress stop in on their way home from work. Business is brisk, and the small parking lot is crammed.

Read more: http://www.sltrib.com/news/5458538-155/move-the-downtown-liquor-store-sure

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Reply Move the downtown liquor store? Sure, employees say but not because of homeless customers. (Original post)
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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Wed Jul 12, 2017, 05:40 PM

1. Oops,can't have those

 

Vagrant people spoiling the Temple Square Photo ops. Life elevated to what ever.

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Wed Jul 12, 2017, 06:10 PM

2. FFS! So much concern for "the homeless" coming in to buy their daily bottle

before they go out to panhandle or do odd jobs for the next one. Horrors!

These fucking sanctimonious assholes need to see full blown DTs a time or two. It would also help if they realize untreated DTs are 50% fatal.

You want to help the homeless, find them places to live. Raise wages so they can afford to pay the rent. And stop wagging your fingers at them for relying on the one thing that makes life on the streets bearable. Oh, and the few pilot programs of converting hotels and apartments into basic housing for the homeless? They've shown that once they don't need to numb out on alcohol, they taper down and many are able to stop drinking.

All the finger wagging in the world doesn't accomplish that.

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