Can there be any more proof that the police have too much time on their hands or maybe there are too manycops enforcing the law than this story of beer busts in Pennsylvania? The Philadelphia Daily News has an incredible story called “Troopers raid popular bars for unlicensed beers” that starts:
IT WAS ELIOT NESS and the Untouchables, as played by the Keystone Kops. More than a dozen armed State Police officers conducted simultaneous raids last week on three popular Philadelphia bars known for their wide beer selections. The cops confiscated hundreds of bottles of expensive ales and lagers, now in State Police custody at an undisclosed location. The alleged offense: Although the bar owners had bought the beer legally from licensed Pennsylvania distributors and had paid all the necessary taxes, the police claimed that nobody had registered the precise names of the beers with the state Liquor Control Board.”
Consider for a moment that “more than a dozen” cops raided the three bars for selling beer that had been legally purchased. TWELVE COPS on a beer bust! The State Police confiscated four kegs and 317 bottles of the illegal contraband aka beer. There must not be any unsolved murders, violent crimes, home burglaries or other serious crimes anywhere in Pennsylvania. TWELVE COPS on a beer bust! Why didn’t one cop or a civil service pencil pusher just go to the bars and ask to inspect the beer inventory and issue a citation if there were a problem?