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Ban on Sale of Pints, Half-Pints and Mini Bottles of Alcohol Proposed

The measure, presented by Mayor Tom Giarrante to cut down on abuse by young and homeless drinkers, would also prohibit the sale of single bottles of high-alcohol beer.

Selling single bottles of high-alcohol beer and miniature bottles of liquor and wine would be prohibited in under an ordinance proprosed by Mayor Tom Giarrante.

The measure, which would also ban the sale of half pints and pints of liquor, was presented this week to the Joliet Liquor Commission, which is headed by Giarrante, the city's liquor commissioner.

"The problem (with the small bottles) is they're easy to buy and they don't cost a lot of money," Giarrante said. "They're easy to steal and easy to hide."

brought the issue to the mayor because they've observed panhandlers collecting money and then buying the small bottles, primarily because they're inexpensive, he said. They're also popular among young drinkers, Giarrante said.

The proposed ordinance would make an exception for the miniature bottles if they're packaged in cases of four, six or more, Giarrante said. Single cans or bottles of beer with low-alcohol content could be sold individually as long as they're warm, but those with high-alcohol content would have to be sold in six-packs, he said.

Putting a ban on the miniature bottles seemed well-received by the business owners who attended the Wednesday meeting, Giarrante said, but there was far less acceptance of outlawing half and full pints of liquor and single bottles of beer.

The prohibition on half pints and pints could put a dent in liquor stores' income, while the restrictions on the higher-alcohol beer could make it impossible to sell expensive specialty beer, which often does not come in six-packs and is typically sold by the bottle, Giarrante said.

Given the owners' concerns, the ordinance will be discussed again at the next liquor commission meeting set for 9 a.m. Aug. 15 at Harrah's. If endorsed by the commission, the ordinance would still need Joliet City Council approval.

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DRECKS August 03, 2012 at 07:34 PM
I wish I could afford a new I-phone like the homeless guy in front of me buying that little bottle of booze.
Matt August 03, 2012 at 07:42 PM
Ban the little booze! If they cant afford the big bottle, then they shouldnt be drinking.
Tony August 03, 2012 at 07:57 PM
Its just as easy to buy drugs and the drug dealer don't care how much you buy.A lot if these people buy the miniature bottles of hard liquor and dump it into a can of pop then throw the empty bottle in the parking lot then drive off.All the city is doing is taking money out of the pockets of law abiding store owners and giving it to drug peddelers who don't pay taxes. Control the drugs then go after the alcohol.
Bluegille79 August 03, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Lock em up in jail for 20 years for litering, if that what really bothers you. But it is wrong in my opition to have a goverment take away basic liberties because "if they can't afford the big bottle then they shouldn't be drinking" ? They have as much right to drink as anyone, I'm concerened this kind of thinking creates more divisiveness than good. Make the same commitment to making this city better for all as you have for yourselves, and we will start to make progress.
John Roberts August 07, 2012 at 12:46 PM
Well looks like we will have people go to crest hill to but little bottles and bring them here to Joliet and sell them like drugs.lol I can see it no a man walks up with a coat opens it up instead of seeing watches and jewelry he will have little bottles of liquor,can sell them for a dollar or 2 more lol.....making things illegal raises the prices of things on the black market,Remember this back in the day 1 million worth of Cocaine used to fill half a room,now it sits on the end of a small table making it more worth it to smuggle,when 1 package of cocaine is worth a million well that's what prohibition & the governments did.

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