Burgerville wants to sell alcohol – good or bad for our health?
Burgerville officials have applied for a beer and wine license at the new Salmon Creek restaurant in Vancouver, Washington, with the ultimate intention of selling these beverages at all of the the chain’s 39 stores around the Northwest.
A KGW news report quoted customer Jane Yii as saying “It’s the best food in the area up here and to be able to eat here and have beer or wine and walk back home because I live around the block, it’s great.”
However, Oregon Partnership, a statewide nonprofit promoting drug and alcohol awareness and drug prevention stated that it could lead to trouble, as Burgerville often employs underage workers.
What do you think?
Would the adoption of beer and wine sales by Burgerville – largely considered among the healthiest fast-food chains in the nation – provide a great opportunity to improve social capital in a community by giving families another incentive to enjoy meals together? And might you add that most fast food restaurants in Europe serve beer or wine, without ill-effects? Could this resistence be a case of overly puritan forces stigmatizing beer and wine to kids, thus making it seem more elicit – and maybe even more enticing?
Or do the words of Pete Shulberg, Oregon Partnership’s Communication Director, resonate more with you? In an Oregon Parntership press release on the subject, Shulberg is quoted as saying “As a non-profit involved in the prevention of alcohol and drug abuse, we hope this isn’t the start of a trend. Fast food restaurants are filled with young customers and young employees. That’s a mix you don’t want when you are considering the sale of alcohol.”
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