In addition to the $1 window cleaner
and discount duct tape, a new and
more controversial household item will
soon be available for people in
Arkansas making a quick trip to the
dollar store: Beer! Some 50 Dollar
General stores throughout the state
have won permits to sell beer
meaning that drinkers will have one
less stop to make on shopping day.
The Dollar General sees beer sales
as part of the company's mission to
be the one-stop destination for
everyday supplies, In many rural
towns, Dollar General stores are the
only place to buy groceries.
Dollar General has 265 stores in
Arkansas. Wal-Mart has 118 stores
Dollar General managers had
originally applied for 64 permits but
14 were denied based on written
protests by local residents, churches,
law enforcement officials or elected
officials. Dollar General can appeal
the rejections, Dollar General will
only be allowed to sell beer that has
no more than five percent alcohol
Revelers at Germany's Oktoberfest, the world's largest folk festival, consumed
a record 7.5 million liters (1.65 million Imp gallons) of beer during the 17-day party.
Despite gloom in Germany about the spiralling debt crisis, the festival drew some 6.9 million
visitors, many clad in traditional Bavarian lederhosen or dirndls, said the organizers.
Although most visitors come from Bavaria, home of the Oktoberfest, over a million
travel to Munich from abroad, mostly from Italy, the United States and Australia.
The organizers were particularly pleased that there were only 58 brawls in which
drinkers used their "Masskrug," or heavy liter beer mugs, as a weapon, said police.
This year, each "Mass" sold for 9.20 Euros ($12.66). That high price might help explain
why so many patrons seem to have been intent on making a portion of their money back —
and not break the glass over another partygoer's head. In keeping with tradition, 226,000
revelers stole beer mugs from this year's Oktoberfest, compared to 130,000 last year.
The clear-up is already well under way and the Lost and Found office is sifting
through its collection of curiosities. This year they include an 8-centimetre long
live grasshopper, a Viking helmet, a walking frame, two crutches and a
set of dentures.A total of 4,750 items were handed in, including 1,045 passports
and 390 mobile telephones, said the office.
The 48 children who were lost have all been claimed.
The items that don’t get claimed are cleaned up and sold at auction after six months.
The proceeds are donated to charity
the crossroads of the beer world