Yes, I have a new poll up at Why The PLCB Should Be Abolished, the blog that tries, single-handedly --wait, actually, I used both hands to type it -- to drag Pennsylvania's alcohol policy into the 20th Century (and no, that's not a typo). I took what I thought were the PLCB's five worst gaffes of the past two years -- the "courtesy training," the awarding of the contract for the courtesy training (which triggered an audit by the State AG), the "wine kiosks" (which should have triggered an audit by the State AG), the "re-branding" of the State Store System (supposedly the new name is "Table Leaf"), and the appointment of Joe "CEO" Conti to fill a brand-new $150,000 position that no one in the 75 year history of the PLCB ever saw a need for (okay, that's a little more than two years, but what the hell) -- and asked you which one pissed you off the most.
Which one of these ridiculous gaffes pissed you off the most? Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement I kind of lost track myself. But being that this is the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, the second-largest buyer of booze in the world, and would tax your head clean off, you've to ask yourself one question: do I feel screwed? Well, do ya, citizen?
Don't worry. To paraphrase yet another movie quote, when you put your hand in the pile of goo that used to be your state's dignity and honor...you'll know what to do. Vote!
As a former Pennsylvania resident, I should ask: Are they changing the names because no matter what name they choose, it eventually ends up tarnished under the current system? Why not just combine it with the state department of motor vehicles, MVA, or whatever they call it up there now and be done with it?
It's not the agency that's changing names; they want to change the name of the 'stores.' Instead of Wine & Spirits Shoppes, they will be called 'Table Leaf.' At least, that's the current frontrunner, according to Harrisburg rumor. Waste of money, since it doesn't matter what they call it, we're required by law to buy our booze.
What about all of the above option?
Oh, I GET that it's the store names that are changing and not the agency, Lew. What I mean is that we might presume that the quality of merchandise, service, etc. is such, relative to capitalistic and competitive fields, that ANY name applied to same will eventually become a pejorative? They didn't change from "State Store" to "Wine & Spirits Shoppe" because people came in looking to buy states, did they?
Okay, Sandy... IMO what they should call the stores is "Gonna be switching to Privately Owned, Real Soon."
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