Six Flags Over Georgia halts bid to sell beer at theater, for now

Posted Wednesday, November 26, 2003 9:36 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Six Flags Over Georgia has withdrawn a controversial request to sell beer during outdoor concerts at its south Cobb County amusement park, blaming time constraints for the decision. The request to sell beer has come under fire by local officials.

Read more from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2003 9:39 AM
I find the opposition ridiculous on so many levels. Have these morality snobs ever been to a concert before? In most every venue I've been to they're religious about keeping alcohol consumption legal with wrist bands and such. They need to be that way because they don't get much of a cut from tickets, so alcohol sales are where the profit is. I've been to more concerts than I can count, and I have never seen underage kids drinking, not even once.


Wednesday, November 26, 2003 10:53 AM
This is incredibly ridiculous. But being that it's in the South and we have so many (hipocritical?) morality zealots running loose around here - the controversy and ridiculousness-factor doesn't surprise me in the least. Issues, in particular any issue that threatens the sanctity and preciousness of children raise alarm bells that resonate and make impact. Though it sounds to me like this might pass for the '05 season given that 6Flags has taken the effort to get the community approval...though I don't believe that was ever necessary.
Wednesday, November 26, 2003 12:43 PM
The opposition will just make kids want to drink even more.
Wednesday, November 26, 2003 3:24 PM
What would any amusement park be without alcohol? Drunks? It'd fit right in with rowdy crowds and basketball winners. Vomit? No matter, it'd just blend in with gum walls and dirty queues. Delays while SFoG's Deja Vu trains are cleaned up? Umm... the trains have to be running first anyway. Safety issues? Amusement rides aren't heavy machinery, are they? Drunks would never think about unbuckling seat belts or leaning out of moving objects. Maybe it'd even sedate guests upset with a park's service... free beer while waiting in the customer service lines.

I'm probably going overboard, but you get the idea. I don't really think that the absence of beer will hurt any park's reputation; besides, I sure wouldn't want to be sitting behind a drunk on any of the rides.*** This post was edited by Strijder 11/26/2003 3:25:18 PM ***

Wednesday, November 26, 2003 6:56 PM

How many drunks do you actually encounter at a park that serves alcohol? At an average of 5-6 dollars a beer, most people are sensible enough not to blow their life savings in the name of getting drunk at a park.

Besides, this is focused on their concert events which is a completely different situation.

Friday, November 28, 2003 9:56 AM
Get a clue and keep your ignorance to yourself. First of all the beer sales are only intended for the concert venue. Second, just because someone consumes it doesn't make them a drunk. That's a stupid and narrow-minded view of the world. There must have been a hundred people consuming alcohol the last time I went out to eat, and miraculously, I doubt even one of them left drunk.

Don't comment on thing you don't understand.

Friday, November 28, 2003 11:19 AM
Because I don't share your views, I'm clueless, an ignoramus, stupid, narrow-minded, etc? ;)

Jeff, I've worked at ski areas, concerts, and entertainment venues before. I haven't enjoyed the contacts I have had with people that were drinking alcohol. Was I exaggerating slightly? Yes, but I stated that in the post I made. But honestly, I don't enjoy being around people that have lower inhibitions than normal, even when you don't consider them to be "drunk". Maybe I'm not normal :) I respect your view. But personally, I don't think it will benefit a park whose general image is family fun. Again, that's my opinion, and perhaps I should be voting with my $'s instead of changing park rules. Anyway, sounds like we'll have to agree to respectfully disagree.

Friday, November 28, 2003 3:46 PM
Yeah, I do think you're all of those things, and you got exactly the response you wanted. It has nothing to do with your opinion, it has to do with your assertion that alcohol is inherently bad and irresponsibly used by anyone who consumes it. You're trying to create an absolute where no absolute exists. That's what the townies around SFOG are trying to do as well, and it's ignorant.
Sunday, November 30, 2003 11:06 AM
The moral climate in the Atlanta area is quite contradictory. They fought for years to avoid a state lottery, you cannot purchase alcohol on election day until the polls close, yet you can go to a strip club and have a beautiful naked college girl have sex with your leg. Odd rules, odd regulations. However, it is the culture of the area.

"I've been to more concerts than I can count, and I have never seen underage kids drinking, not even once."

I need to state that I agree that alcohol should be allowed at the venue. But it is difficult to deny underage drinking at concerts. I have been to literally 1000's of shows, and underage drinking is far from rare. Of course, maybe my judgment of someone's age may be off, but no wristband or hand stamp, no drink.

BGT is my current home park, and they give away free beer. This does not detract from the experience of a well-run family theme park in any way.


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