County Liquor Store Sign

Department of Liquor Control Issues Apology Following Holiday Delivery Problems (PHOTO)

County Liquor Store SignThe Department of Liquor Control issued an apology letter to restaurants and stores which it delivers alcohol supplies to last week after an error caused delivery problems.

The letter signed by Director George Griffin states that human error resulted in the consolidation of five files into a single file. This created a single delivery schedule, which resulted in logistic problems and effected deliveries on Dec. 23, 24, 28, and 29.

According to the letter, the issue was fixed on Dec. 29th and normal schedules were resumed; “Our staff has been instructed on how the error occurred and how to avoid it in the future so that this does not happen again.”

This latest incident added more fuel to the ongoing debate over ending the County’s liquor control laws. Maryland State Delegate Bill Frick has introduced legislation that would allow voters to decide in a referendum if the County’s liquor monopoly should be maintained. Montgomery County Councilmember Roger Berliner, a supporter of Frick’s legislation posted a Facebook post in response to the delivery mishap.

As if there needed to be but one more example of DLC’s incompetence, imagine not providing your customers what they have…

Posted by Roger Berliner on Wednesday, December 30, 2015

The County Public Information Office has distributed fliers to Montgomery County wine and liquor stores, which state; “Local liquor control doesn’t cost taxpayer’s a single dime and contributes an average $30 million every year to the County’s general fund-helping us fund schools, transportation, help for the vulnerable in our midst and more.”

Adam Pagnucco, who formed the “End the Monopoly” group, sent a letter to Montgomery County attorney Marc Hansen, to comment on whether or not the flier is considered political speech and if “End the Monopoly” can also distribute its own fliers.

County liquor stores are now distributing political propaganda to customers, presumably financed with public money.

County spokesperson Patrick Lacefield told MyMCMedia that the flier is informing residents about County policy and that the information provided is factual not political.

Lacefield also said that fliers distributed by private groups at Montgomery County wine and liquor stores would be removed, regardless of which side of the debate the material supports, due to County policy, unless approved by the County forum.

“These are County facilities, which are places for distributing County policies not private polices. This is government speech,” Lacefield said.

 

Maureen Chowdhury

About Maureen Chowdhury

Maureen Chowdhury is a multimedia journalist with Montgomery Community Media. She can be reached at mchowdhury@mymcmedia.org and on Twitter at @MediaMaureen. Maureen authors the blog Sound Check on MyMCMedia.

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