Burger King has lost its bid to sell beer at two of London’s busiest rail stations, following strong opposition from police.
When did their opinion (based on what gives them the easiest life) matter so much?
Particularly when it’s so poorly thought out:
…PC Bryan Lewis told Westminster council’s licensing sub-committee the measures could put young people at risk, and increase crime and disorder in and around the stations.
“To us, it’s fast food, fast service, fast alcohol and fast drunkenness, as a result of that,” he said.
“People consume alcohol and have a desire to eat fast food on the way home. At this point, they have had enough to drink but then they will be offered more [alcohol] at the station.”
So? They don’t have to accept. And after all, can’t they get alcohol elsewhere?
Yes. It seems they can:
Nicola Smith, solicitor for SSP, pointed out that Burger King customers could already purchase alcohol from other restaurants and shops surrounding the station.
She said: “It’s really so that our customers can go to one venue instead of two.”
But when that ease of purchase for the citizen opens up a teeny, tiny possibility that a policeman’s life might be made just that little bit harder by having to do the job he’s paid for, well, convenience be damned!
PC Lewis said that granting the licences would set “a precedent” for other fast food stores wanting to sell alcoholic drinks across the capital.
He added that there would be no security in place to stop customers buying beer and handing it to underage drinkers.
So this is the first Burger King station outlet to serve beer, is it? And there’s security in all these other places to stop underage drinkers, is there?
The answers would appear to be ‘No’ and ‘Who knows?’…
Fast food junkies can already purchase a beer with their burger inside Burger King restaurants at two London train stations – East Croydon and Fenchurch Street.
And I’m assuming we haven’t seen the collapse of all decent behaviour at these locations (not that East Croydon had much to start with…)?
But why ask these vital questions to safeguard our rights when you can simply rubberstamp the police demands?
Refusing the application, chair of the licensing sub-committee councillor Angela Harvey said: “These mainline stations are transport hubs with many millions of people passing through.
“Increased consumption of alcohol in these public spaces will lead to more drinking on trains and in the streets.
“Encouraging drinking in public spaces can lead to public nuisance, crime and disorder. We have listened to the concerns raised by the Metropolitan Police Service.
“We find that the proposed application isn’t appropriate as it’s not adequately controlled.”
Well done, Angela! Your concern for the police’s efforts to ensure themselves a quiet life at the expense of everyone else will not be forgotten.