An American-Indian tribe in South Dakota has sued some of the world's biggest beer firms over severe alcohol-related issues in the community.Because, apparently (and this was news to me) it's banned on reservations, but those awful beer companies will keep on selling it to the palefaces, knowing it's going to be smuggled in:
The lawsuit alleges that beer makers and the shop owners knew the alcohol would be smuggled into the reservation for consumption or resale.I think this has to be the first time an entire nation has admitted to giving up on personal responsibility...
The legal documents allege: "The illegal sale and trade in alcohol in Whiteclay is open, notorious and well documented by news reports, legislative hearings, movies, public protests and law enforcement activities."
Meanwhile, Tom White, the lawyer representing the tribe, told the Associated Press news agency: "You cannot sell 4.9 million 12oz [356ml] cans of beer and wash your hands like Pontius Pilate, and say we've got nothing to do with it being smuggled."
Nebraska State Senator LeRoy Louden has said that after struggling with the problem for years, the state has introduced legislation that would impose restrictions - on the types of alcohol that can be sold and business hours.*boggle*
And least we think it's just an amusing story from across the pond, Dick Puddlecote points out that this is exactly how tobacco prohibition started.
H/T: CJ Nerd via email