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Old 17-01-2005, 11:39:39   #1
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What the hell??

http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2-2005021635,00.html

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PUB chiefs said last night that 24-hour opening would be a big flop — because of a lack of all-night drinkers.

JD Wetherspoon, England’s largest pub chain, insisted the drinks trade didn’t want the law changed.
Crazy brits. Why would you not want longer opening hours?
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Old 17-01-2005, 11:47:22   #2
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Old 17-01-2005, 11:52:29   #3
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hhmmmm... I think that 60-minutes hours can do just as they're now.
I might agree for more opening hours tho



I remember when 15 years ago we had friends running a pub.... we regularly showed up at closing time, i.e. 2am, and had the last round and some chat with them at our table with the pub closed, but in the end they just wanted us to get off the way to finally get their sleep...
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Old 17-01-2005, 11:55:38   #4
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You have to realise that opinions are split. Some think that longer hours will means a longer time when the police have to be on the lookout for the over-inebriated. Others claim that the hours may be longer, but as they are not all chucked out at the same time (in theory since it would be at the pub's discretion when they called it 'a day') then there's less intensity of incidents to deal with.

Personally I'm with the crowd that wishes to increase personal liberty and choice. It can be for a trial period if anyone is concerned, but one doesn't hear of major problems in Scotland where the change has already occurred.
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Old 17-01-2005, 11:58:03   #5
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Or the rest of Europe and the world...
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Old 17-01-2005, 12:01:47   #6
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we had indeed to give up our press and infomation freedom to get longer opening hours, that's why you didn't hear about our major problems
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Old 17-01-2005, 12:01:57   #7
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Do you remember years ago when they changed from the old 11-3pm and evening opening to "All day" opening?

Then people said that all day opening would cause riots in the afternoons?
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Old 17-01-2005, 12:03:59   #8
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You pubs were closed in the afternoon? Good old siesta time.
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The problem is the sudden binge drinking when you see you've only got half an hour of drinking left.

I think when the laws change that the damage done by the drinking laws will stay on a little. There will still be people trying to get in as much alcohol as possible on a night out. At least this generation.
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Old 17-01-2005, 12:09:00   #10
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Yeah, possibly but I don't think the problem will suddenly get loads worse and eventually it'll get a lot better.
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Old 17-01-2005, 12:21:24   #11
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The problem won't go away. Drinking more for longer will most likely even out the spread out closing times.
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Drinking really fast in a short period of time is generally bad, as is millions of people all getting thrown out of every pub in the country at 11:30pm every friday and saturday.
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Old 17-01-2005, 12:27:30   #13
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Depending on which pub you are near at that time it can be pretty scary. Instant potential drunken riots every friday and saturday.
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Old 17-01-2005, 12:28:52   #14
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It's just the first step to creating a sensible drinking culture.
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Old 17-01-2005, 12:29:36   #15
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Yeah, but that happens here at 2am *shrug*
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Old 17-01-2005, 12:31:20   #16
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Well there's another rush here at 2am, which is the standard club closing time.

The point is that when a pub/club has a 24 hour licence they can close whenever they want, the assumption being that either they won't all close at the same time or people won't stay right to the last minute, because they don't need to.
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Old 17-01-2005, 12:37:08   #17
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I hope that it's just the smaller pubs that decide to stay open longer. Can you imagine places like Yates being open at 06:00 with doormen who are tired and want their bed, miserable students serving behind the bar having been there all night etc

I would imagine that big places will not be able to afford to stay open later or charge a lot more to pay for the staff to work into the small hours.

I much prefer the image that MoSe describes. The small local pub having the option to stay open a bit later depending on the demand / desire.
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Old 17-01-2005, 12:37:08   #18
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I guess some clubs will stay open an additional half an hour/hour to get more punters. Maybe the local authorities could try and encourage clubs to close at different times?
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I think that outside big cities, things change slowly. Somewhere like London/Manchester where you have big enough populations to cope with it there'll be places genuinely open 24 hours.

And working hours restrictions will still apply.
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