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Fun With Drunks: "Good Neighbor Agreement" Curbs 'Loin Liquor Sales

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Tenderloin merchants have joined forces with the city to launch a three-month pilot program known as the Good Neighbor Agreement: Bodega owners are hoping to help calm down the crackheads by refusing to sell liquor and cash checks between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. in a voluntary agreement that, in essence, delivers a financial blow to their business. (Losses can total in the hundreds of dollars per day, as reported alcohol sales range between 30-70 per hour in the morning; the city's emergency services see their heaviest alcohol-related traffic during that time, too.) Aside from lying on their deathbeds knowing that they did something to stave off the effects of (Curbed 40 of choice) Old E on the general populace, neighborhood merchants will received a ... drumroll here ... Good Neighbor sign to place in their window! And free marketing advice! (As if a place that sells liquor in the Tenderloin needs to advertise.) On the "actually useful" front, participating shops will receive a free energy-efficiency evaluation and be eligible for grants to help pay for cost effective measures such as energy-saving appliances. But wait: The program bans the drunk's ubiquitous paper bag in favor of— gasp!— clear plastic (so that cops can see what's inside). Straight to the corner for you, Green Gavin.
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Tenderloin Good Neighbor Agreement

Liquor stores that participate in this voluntary program agree to:

-- Refrain from selling alcohol between 6 and 8 a.m.

-- Refrain from giving away or selling plastic or paper cups in quantities of four or less. The cups can be used to conceal liquor.

-- Refrain from selling individual scouring pads, which can be used to make crack-pipe filters.

-- Refrain from selling single containers of alcohol in paper bags. Clear plastic bags, while not environmentally friendly, let police see what is in the containers.

-- Refrain from serving as a payee for Supplemental Security Income or other public assistance checks.

-- Refrain from extending credit to customers for alcohol purchases.

[Listage courtesy the Chron.]