Sunday, December 03, 2006

Let businesses discriminate against customers

What do you think the drinking age means? Does it mean that bars can sell alcohol to anyone down to that age, or is it COMPULSORY to sell alcohol to people down to that age?
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Well the Human Wrongs Commissariat has said that it is illegal for a Wellington bar to ban 18 and 19yos. Apparently this is true, which is a nonsense.
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Whose bar is it? If the bar wants to ban 18yos or 80yos it should have the right to do so. Indeed, it should have the right to ban whoever it wants. If 18 and 19yos don’t like it, then they can protest, call for others to boycott it, but they have no right to use the state to force themselves onto premises within which they are not welcome.
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It’s called freedom – some premises don’t want teenagers drinking there – so let the owners ban anyone they wish.
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You see this is the fundamental failure of political debate from left and right. Some think it is should be the “right” of an 18yo to go into a bar, regardless of what the owner thinks. Other thinks it should be illegal. In fact, the law says it is compulsory for the bar owners to let an 18yo drink there. It should be none of the above.
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UPDATE: Idiot Savant doesn't think businesses should have the right to turn away whoever they please. Presumably he thinks its ok for barowners to ban ugly people, fat people, thin people, stupid people, blondes, redheads, short people and tall people (because the Human Wrongs Act doesn't mention those) from bars.

4 comments:

Kane Bunce said...

What do you think the drinking age means? Does it mean that bars can sell alcohol to anyone down to that age, or is it COMPULSORY to sell alcohol to people down to that age?
Even though that was a rhetorical question I will answer anyway for the sole purpose of making my view clear. my answer is: compulsory.

If the bar wants to ban 18yos or 80yos it should have the right to do so. Indeed, it should have the right to ban whoever it wants. If 18 and 19yos don’t like it, then they can protest, call for others to boycott it, but they have no right to use the state to force themselves onto premises within which they are not welcome.
Hell yes! It's called property rights! Besides there are plenty enough bars and clubs that are willing to accept 18 and 19 year olds.

It’s called freedom
Yep. It's also called property rights.

MikeE said...

Lets see what I/S says about my discriminatory policy regarding fucking fat chicks..

Last time I posted that on a left wing blog all hell broke loose (though it was on Maia's "capitalism bad, tree pretty")...

Caskman said...

"(though it was on Maia's "capitalism bad, tree pretty")."
Yeah I saw that at the time and waited for the sound of the nuclear detonation... You really like playing with fire if you post on that blog ;-)

CD said...

Recently some moron from "my" student's union put a complaint forward about a mens barber who wouldn't cut a womans hair.

Suppose I should complain about the closest Womens gym?

Or, how about everyone minds thier own bloody business and property?