Liquor Store Pet Peeves

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  1. AxesandAnchors

    AxesandAnchors Initiate (0) Nov 21, 2012 Oregon

    1. Asking a question and getting silence with a blank face
    2. Beer stored poorly (heat & light)
    3. When no price is listed and I have to ask how much they are selling it for
    4. Wait, you sell beer yet you know nothing about it...perfect
    5. No system of organization (Style or Geographic location)
    6. Taprooms that sell bottles, but they are all behind the bar (I like to get to second base with my beer before we make sweet sweet love).
  2. Ricelikesbeer

    Ricelikesbeer Zealot (578) Nov 29, 2006 Colorado

    Oh, here's another story: There is a large liquor store in CO that's not in the best area, but surprisingly had a pretty decent selection at one point. Well, I was riding my mountain bike home one night from a friend's house, and crashed my bike right in front of the store, splitting my hand open. I walked into the store, hoping to quickly clean my hand off, and the guy refused to let me use the bathroom, saying it was for customers only. I reguraly shopped there, and I clearly needed some paper towels. It wasn't bleeding all over the store or anything, and he was really rude about it. Never went there again, and told everyone I knew that shopped about it too. Too bad they hired morons.
  3. Knifestyles

    Knifestyles Initiate (154) Jun 7, 2005 New York

    Why should a liquor store be responsible for your clumsiness?
  4. ShogoKawada

    ShogoKawada Meyvn (1,247) May 31, 2009 Pennsylvania

    you should have used your sock as a sort of 'cut glove'
  5. Tballz420

    Tballz420 Meyvn (1,187) Mar 4, 2003 Minnesota

    Next time take a piss in their cooler
  6. Ricelikesbeer

    Ricelikesbeer Zealot (578) Nov 29, 2006 Colorado

    True, good thought. I think I was too enraged by the stupid store to think clearly. I had to ride home another 5 or so miles bleeding all over myself. I should have bled all over the guy's counter.
  7. Ricelikesbeer

    Ricelikesbeer Zealot (578) Nov 29, 2006 Colorado

    Human decency perhaps? I wasn't asking for much and not saying they were responsible, just needed a little help. And my "clumsiness was actually avoiding a car that didn't see me in the dark despite myself having all of the colors and lights I could possibly have.
  8. ubenumber2

    ubenumber2 Devotee (468) Sep 1, 2012 Arkansas
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    I live in craft beer wasteland of Northeast Arkansas , when I go to the Missouri line on the weekends for my parental handoff I stop at the store there , it has a decent selection of beer. The part that annoys me is the two guys who work there who will not leave you alone while you look , I mean Im no pro by any means , but I can stand and look at different beers for 30 minutes before making up my mind , but these two guys try and give you the run down on every beer you look at , and most of the time they do not know what they are talking about , I mean they have a little knowledge but ,maybe less than I have , just let me look at the beers bro , if I got any questions I will ask you , ha , my rant for the day , and online at that
  9. JG-90

    JG-90 Initiate (0) Nov 29, 2012 New Jersey

    The reason that almost all retail location have employee only bathrooms is because there are EXTREMELY INCONSIDERATE people like you who think that pissing on someone's business is fine (same kind of people would make a mess in a bathroom and not care).

    Unfortunately you are serious about this- I could see you (or anyone) doing it drunk, but looking back sober and thinking you were in the right is insane and very self righteous.
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  10. Providence

    Providence Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island

    Because accidents happen and when they do, helping and empathy is the best way to respond. After all, you may be the one looking for similar help in the future.

    And tomorrow in kindergarten we're going to learn how to blow our nose properly.
  11. Rosty

    Rosty Initiate (0) Nov 29, 2006 California
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    I hate it when liquor stores don't have ten cases of BT or BA Dark Lord, or All the Cantillon line, or Westy 12, or BA Speedway, or Crooked Stave anytime I want them.
  12. Knifestyles

    Knifestyles Initiate (154) Jun 7, 2005 New York

    But you don't see how a business would be concerned with the potential liability of some dude who just fell off his bike walking around their store bleeding and perhaps even suffering from a concussion, etc? You know....a store with thousands of glass bottles on the shelf just waiting to be knocked over by some guy with birds and stars spinning around his head?

    I have certainly experienced this thing called "empathy" a few times in my life, but I'm inclined to side with the store on this one. I don't just walk into businesses with a boo-boo and expect them to nurse my wounds (unless it's an emergency clinic....maybe).
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  13. PatrickBeebe

    PatrickBeebe Initiate (0) Sep 27, 2012 Florida
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    Orlando is just a dead spot for solid brews. Ive lived here for just over a year now, and theres only about 4 stores in the entire city/outlying area that i will go to in search of brews. And its sad that as close as we are to Cigar City, that there is not more of a presence of their beers.
  14. Providence

    Providence Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island

    First of all, you didn't say that initially. You just claimed that the store shouldn't have to be responsible for his clumsiness, not that there were legal implications the store needed to consider. Nevertheless, to the legal implications point, he wasn't bleeding all over the place and said as much in his comment. Furthermore, if you're concerned about him passing out from a concussion and falling into a display of bottles then have an employee escort him to the bathroom. There's ways to protect yourself legally and still help a guy in need.
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  15. mellowmark

    mellowmark Aspirant (263) Mar 31, 2010 Minnesota
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    My main liquor store pet peeve is when they do not refrigerate their ipa's.
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  16. Providence

    Providence Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island


    First of all, calm down. It's not like I pissed all over the handle on the back door to the store. It's a brick wall, it doesn't have feelings. Furthermore, I had to go, nothing was going to stop it and I wasn't going to piss in the middle of the parking lot. Second, you certainly make a lot of assumptions towards people you have never met. Extremely inconsiderate are not words anyone who knew me would call me. But hey man, two each is own, if you want to pass judgement on someone you have never met knock yourself out.
  17. Northlax3

    Northlax3 Initiate (85) Aug 19, 2012 New Jersey
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    Very true. I also work at a liquor store, and while some of the complaints here are justified, some are a bit outrageous.

    An informed staff is just an indicator of how well the store will do in the long run for beer. If the staff there is moronic and ignorant, you should not go. That will be the cancer of all the other problems you find (lack of selection, out of code bottles, higher prices, etc. )

    I try to be the best clerk I can be while on the job. Though, working at a large liquor store with wine/champagne/liquor/liqueurs/beer, it is hard to get a grasp of where every product one might ask for is. If you ask if we carry something, beer i will know, no problem. Wine, that gets tough.

    It is also a fine line between bothering customers, and helping them. A lot of people will think we're being annoying and in the way, asking if you need help with anything. But really, if we didn't ask, even more people would be upset that we're not helping them. I try to gauge the customers and ask those who look confused or have a list of things to get. again, this goes back to the knowledge and skill of the employees at the store.

    Also, for what we get paid, we honestly shouldn't know much about beer. Ive accumulated a lot of knowledge over my 8 months working at a liquor store. I get paid 8 bucks an hour. So, even though i do know the difference between say a Ithica Flower Power and Sierra Nevada Torpedo, I dont get paid enough to. :stuck_out_tongue:
  18. JG-90

    JG-90 Initiate (0) Nov 29, 2012 New Jersey

    I'm sure the owner of the business would not agree that this is fine simply because his wall does not have feelings...

    How would you feel if someone pissed on your car? Or into your beer? Your beer doesn't have feelings?? Does it??
  19. Drootz

    Drootz Initiate (161) Sep 6, 2012 California
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    My pet peeve would be I drive out to a liquor store 45 minutes away and am talking to one of the 2 guys who works there in the aisle and ask if they have anymore of a certain beer because the shelf is empty, and he says they are all out.

    Then 3 minutes later while I am still browsing another guy comes in asks the guy at the front of the liquor store for the exact same thing and the guy in the front of the store goes back and grabs the last 4 of them for him.....WTF?

    If your not sure if you have any left at least check don't just say were out cause your lazy. Or maybe even ask the other guy working there so you don't have to go look if your that lazy. Needless to say I was pretty upset after driving all that way for nothing.
  20. krl2112

    krl2112 Crusader (732) Nov 10, 2012 Illinois
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    I could not agree with you more. I hate raffles, holding beers for people on a list, etc. My personal opinion is that they should only be on a first come, first serve basis. I frequent a few different stores based on what they carry, etc and one is first come, the second sometimes has raffles and the third does lists. WTF?? If you are there, you should be able to buy whatever. Now I am ok with putting limits on how much you can purchase so that everyone gets a fair shot but I think these other things are BS. I did run into a store when GI BCBS came out that said I had to buy a 4 pack of another GI with it. I called GI and toldthem and their local rep gave me a case of 312 for my trouble. He agreed that this should not happen. I was traveling about a month ago and called a local bottle shop where I was and asked if they had BCBS Cherry and the guy asked if he knew me!!?? Seriously? He said that his regulars would be pissed if he sold it to someone else. Are you kidding me??!! My money is legal tender just like the next guy's. Sorry this REALLY grinds my gears. I am sure many people have opinions on this and that's just mine. Good day! LOL :grinning:
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  21. ericj551

    ericj551 Initiate (0) Apr 29, 2004 Alberta (Canada)

    Beer prices in Canada are generally a bit higher than the US. In British Columbia 6 packs generally cost around $12-13, but for imports like Deschutes or even Sierra Nevada, it's more like $15-18. Beer in general is taxed like crazy here, and I'm pretty sure imports are taxed even more.
  22. MinorThreat

    MinorThreat Devotee (488) Apr 7, 2008 Nebraska
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    Four month old Founder's Centennial IPA, warm, rotting on the shelves.... I'm looking at you Binny's......
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  23. BierGartenok

    BierGartenok Initiate (0) Apr 4, 2009 Oklahoma

    That escalated quickly
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  24. GreenKrusty101

    GreenKrusty101 Crusader (721) Dec 4, 2008 Nevada

    They fucking know here! : ) ...1 bottle limit at a local chain liquor that in the past (previous years) I've seen cases stacked up 5 high waay after it was released...not this year...must be shipping it back East at a much higher MSRP.
  25. 3leven

    3leven Initiate (0) Jun 28, 2012 Texas

    Some of us can't, by law. But in places you can, I guess that'd be peevish.
  26. SanFranJake

    SanFranJake Initiate (0) Nov 2, 2012 California
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    Bottle limits. I'm here and I've got the $$, just give me what I want.
    Or having to prove yourself the the resident beer geek.
  27. bonercity

    bonercity Initiate (0) Feb 11, 2012 California

    I hate it when liquor stores don't have the prices marked on their six packs. I don't like being surprised by some ludicrous price when I get up to the register.
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  28. sportscrazed2

    sportscrazed2 Initiate (199) Mar 29, 2010 Indiana
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    Only thing that I can think of is waiting more than 5 minutes to checkout. i don't really get that annoyed by stupid stuff to be honest
  29. fauxpunker

    fauxpunker Initiate (0) Nov 23, 2012

    Just had this little discussion with a waiter tonight.
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  30. Dools9

    Dools9 Zealot (518) Jul 5, 2011 Massachusetts

    Same here. I know very little about wine and liquor but I leave that to the manager who is a wine geek. But when someone asks me about beer, I'm a lot more comfortable helping people out.
  31. equi1ibrium

    equi1ibrium Initiate (0) Jul 26, 2012 Illinois

    A beer that is in a freezer that should not be in a freezer.
  32. musicman7070

    musicman7070 Disciple (357) Aug 26, 2012 New Jersey
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    Having expired beer on the shelf. This has happened on several occasions. I understand that if you have a large selection, that it may be hard to keep up with rotation, but seriously it should still be done. It's super annoying.

    One moment comes to mind. One time, I told one of the employees that there was a Stone Smoked Porter that was expired by like a month or two. All he did was say "Wow, I guess you shouldn't drink it then." and that's it. I come back 2 days later and that same exact expired beer that was once out of refrigeration is now in the refrigerated section despite me telling them about it two days earlier. Ergh. I really hope that never happens again.
  33. kingmaker

    kingmaker Aspirant (267) Nov 20, 2012 Louisiana

    Um...all of them?
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  34. blvdlvr

    blvdlvr Initiate (0) Jun 20, 2012

    I don't believe you.
  35. HKUSPC40

    HKUSPC40 Initiate (0) Aug 28, 2012 Washington

    I appreciate that you realize it might be hard to keep up with rotation... Since expired beer seems to be the main complaint in this forum then I would suggest contacting your beer providers and say so.

    As I previously stated there are 2500 types of beer in my store. Let's say that all the beers come in a case of 24 bottles. That's 60000 bottles of beer if I only ordered one case of each... Honestly, that's not a very accurate number since not all beers come in cases but I generally order more than one case (typically 12 bottles/case of 22's and 24 bottles/case of 12's) of each type of beer. There are four beer guys (me included) at my store with at most 2-3 of us working together only a few times a week. Are you starting to see how difficult it is to find and remove the expired beer off the shelf?

    In addition you should read this:
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  36. Giantspace

    Giantspace Defender (649) Dec 22, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Not really an issue to drink a porter a month out of date.

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  37. musicman7070

    musicman7070 Disciple (357) Aug 26, 2012 New Jersey
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    Wow, now that you put some numbers on it, I can see how difficult it can be to rotate and keep up with the expiration dates. And thanks for the website. I'll definitely check it out.
  38. Schwantz

    Schwantz Initiate (0) Dec 16, 2012 Florida

    No Dogs Allowed
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  39. beerassociate

    beerassociate Initiate (0) Apr 21, 2011 New Jersey

    Boo Hoo, the person wants to know if it's good, so tell them if it's good who cares. Please stop posting stupid threads like this, they're not about beer
  40. SenorHops

    SenorHops Initiate (0) Aug 10, 2010 Rhode Island

    Only one. Old, out of date beer. WAY too much of it.
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