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Comment #4642904 by Tim Tom

Tim Tom Jan 10th 2016, 12:48 PM #

As a Belgian, living and working in Ireland, I must say I am a bit surprised by all this. We Belgians like our beer(s) and usually one or two too many, but we do not need our government to block access to our supply in order to have our society function properly! I was, and this is ‘a true story’ actually a bit shocked today (Sunday) strolling around my local ‘big supermarket’ thinking about getting myself a nice bottle of red wine (and maybe also an equally nice bottle of white…) only to find that I was physically (!) blocked by a barrier from the relevant (read: alcohol) section!
I must say that (and before anyone gets on their high horse, and not that it should matter, but I am a Catholic myself)
I felt really uneasy for a moment there, thinking this surely is religious extremism in the highest degree? I mean I am a customer frequenting my local supermarket but am not allowed to purchase alcohol because I happened to be there on a Sunday?? Really? Well, one thing I learned today, I will think twice before commenting on other peoples religious laws and actions in the future…

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