Six Flags Over Georgia expands alcohol sales, locals lose their minds on Facebook

Posted Thursday, January 21, 2016 10:41 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Just as soon as the news broke about Six Flags Over Georgia expanding its alcohol sales, metro Atlanta residents took to Facebook with their reactions. A search of recent social media comments shows about 90 percent disagreed with Cobb County's decision to expand the park's alcohol-dispensing locations from four to nine, though some users were in favor of the move.

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Thursday, January 21, 2016 10:51 AM

The cash registers will tell. Hey, I've taken my 10 year old to baseball games...

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Thursday, January 21, 2016 11:25 AM

If people want to get drunk in a park..they are going to do it, and chances are very few people are going to do it just on $12(not sure is exact price, but expensive) glasses of.beer.

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Thursday, January 21, 2016 11:38 AM

Three years ago, a shooting range in GA got a permit to serve alcohol....

Not making a comparison, mind you, just thought it was illustrative...

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Thursday, January 21, 2016 11:39 AM

But think of the children!

Seriously, these people should visit Universal Orlando, or Epcot most any time of year, but especially during Food & Wine. Their heads would explode.

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Thursday, January 21, 2016 2:13 PM

Yeah, I was shocked at both the availability of alcohol at Universal and the amount of people drinking it. Who knew?

Of course, usually at a park, I'm in lines for a ride, so I can't say that my perception isn't skewed. I guess I just don't see the point of drinking when you're in a park to *likely* ride rides or supervise your children riding rides. Something like the food and wine festival I get, but the need for increased alcohol availability at an amusement park? I don't really "get" it.

I don't care one way or the other though. People need to chillax and worry about more important things, and they need to understand that if the park makes money on it, the park is gonna do it. Our sense of righteous indignation is showing again though, and again, seems like people are worrying about BS.

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Thursday, January 21, 2016 2:26 PM

Love the consistent grammar in the anti-booze social media posts!

The opposition is ridiculous but not surprising. There's still dry counties in Georgia not too far from the park. Discovered this driving from SFOG to Chattanooga years back. Stopped for beers at a convenience store and were given a loud eye-roll and told we needed to go to the next county for that sort of thing. It was like we'd pulled over into Footloose.

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Thursday, January 21, 2016 2:36 PM

bunky666 said:

I guess I just don't see the point of drinking when you're in a park to *likely* ride rides or supervise your children riding rides.

Because you're falsely making a lot of assumptions about how the two things can't happen simultaneously. You may also be assuming that everyone is drinking to get drunk. I've had multiple drinks with my family countless times, at everything from Cedar Point to Epcot, and it had zero impact on my ability to be a parent.

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Thursday, January 21, 2016 3:11 PM

Agreed. At Cedar Point I enjoy riding the coasters, and I enjoy sitting for a bit with a beer in hand watching the people. They're both enjoyable activities.

And when I have the opportunity to enjoy Epcot's Food & Wine Festival, I enjoy eating and drinking my way "around the world". It's fun to explore foods, wines and beers I won't otherwise have the opportunity to enjoy. We always start in England so that we can end up in France with a bottle of wine and Illuminations.

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Thursday, January 21, 2016 3:53 PM

Jeff said:

bunky666 said:

I guess I just don't see the point of drinking when you're in a park to *likely* ride rides or supervise your children riding rides.

Because you're falsely making a lot of assumptions about how the two things can't happen simultaneously. You may also be assuming that everyone is drinking to get drunk. I've had multiple drinks with my family countless times, at everything from Cedar Point to Epcot, and it had zero impact on my ability to be a parent.

Oh dear, that's not what I meant, that if one is drinking, one's parenting is suspect, but I can see from my wording that it seems that way.

I DO tend to think of people drinking at a park solely to get drunk, but I'm a cheap date who gets buzzed after just one decent microbrew, so I could definitely be generalizing based on my drinking-in-the-park occurrences. Therefore, I start to think it could be something people wouldn't want to do if they have their kids with them because a park is a place to be vigilant (not tipsy like me after two crab ales at Chickie n Pete's). And I'll admit that that's my lack of insight on the subject. Totally own that. Also, I can see where a beer or two after a long day (or during a long day) would be FABULOUS.

I always feel like I come off as anti-drinking at the parks or in general, which is actually hilarious because I love to drink and sample microbrews and artfully made cocktails. I really just don't see the NEED. If I'm done riding and I want a beer, I leave the park and go somewhere cheaper or less "theme park-ish". Of course, in PA, you can't take the beer anywhere and DO the sitting on a bench and people watching thing. At least, none of the parks in PA that I've been to allow it. So I might be generally baffled by true enjoyment of a beer at a park.

In any case, I still don't get why they're bothered by the increases in sales of alcohol. Just seems silly. To each their own with the drinking thing.

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Friday, January 22, 2016 8:07 AM

Why aren't these people afraid of the children getting diabetes from the availability of high sugar/fatty foods? Because double standards and the devil, that's why.

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Friday, January 22, 2016 9:25 AM

bunky666 said:

If I'm done riding and I want a beer, I leave the park and go somewhere cheaper or less "theme park-ish".

I'm just lazy :-)

I'm willing to pay the park upcharge on a beer for the convenience of not having to exit the park, walk to my car, figure out where's a good place to go in a city* I'm not familiar with and drive there.

*I'm also cheap, so my smartphone is only smart when it can connect via wifi, which one doesn't usually find in parking lots.

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Friday, January 22, 2016 9:44 AM

Wow, talk about opposites.

My phone is on a shared plan with 40 GB of overall data, and I also have an LTE iPad Air 2 that I will use willy-nilly on cellular service. Truth be told, I never knew I needed a tablet with cellular data until I got one, and I don't think I'd ever go without.

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Friday, January 22, 2016 9:50 AM

Most of my traveling is on a bicycle; if I'm in a car I'm at the wheel, so I'm not going to be accessing the Internet while traveling. Most of my destinations have wifi available, and at work I have multiple computers with which I can access the Internet as well.

The cost of cellular data just isn't worth it, to me, for the few times I may want to access the Internet when wifi isn't available.

Then again, I am the guy that bought clearance sushi at Walgreens.

Last edited by slithernoggin, Friday, January 22, 2016 9:51 AM
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Friday, January 22, 2016 9:56 AM

I've used the LTE on my 2012 iPad three times total. As I can tether anything to my phone, I don't see a point to it.

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Friday, January 22, 2016 5:35 PM

The disconnect with reality that occurs with people that assume that consumption automatically results in abuse is mind blowing to me.

People lost their minds here in Texas when SFOT started alcohol sales. I've been a season pass holder almost every year since and I've yet to see anyone drunk, sick as a result of drinking, or for that matter, anyone even drinking when I've been at the park. I have a better chance of seeing someone wearing a lampshade at the Applebee's down the street than I do at my local park.

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Friday, January 22, 2016 10:05 PM

These are the descendants of the people that got prohibition passed.

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Monday, January 25, 2016 11:29 AM

Puritans! I wonder if I'd be burnt at the stake if they found out that I always bring my flask full of Henny to the Theme parks. The drinks they serve are disgusting anyway (unless I'm at Epcot).

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Monday, January 25, 2016 5:29 PM

And Hennessey isn't disgusting?

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Monday, January 25, 2016 5:59 PM

Not if your name is Humpty, pronounced with an Umpty.

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