Big Fun 
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Re: “Hail to Forty Two

Next try the soup. We've never had a bad one, and a fairly large container of it is only $5.

Posted by Big Fun on 03/30/2017 at 6:29 AM

Re: “Sports bar success

Maybe they're owned by a Chik-Fil-A devotee. Or Hobby Lobby. But I just called and nobody answered. No watching the Hogs this afternoon at J.J.'s, I guess.

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Posted by Big Fun on 03/19/2017 at 1:42 PM

Re: “Feeling the power of Green Day at Verizon

Great review! I too was there, and I couldn't believe how Billie Joe had every single person in the arena eating out of his hand the entire show. He willed everyone to get involved and to have a great time. It was showmanship at its very best. And it was joyous!

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Posted by Big Fun on 03/16/2017 at 11:04 AM

Re: “Grocery store wine bill passes House Rules committee

I am a partner in a liquor store that is only a few hundred yards from a Walmart. Wine occupies about half the square footage of our sales floor. And it's our highest-profit item by far. Liquor is second, and beer -- which retail groceries and C-stores also sell -- is a distant third. And that's all we've got. A few chips, cigarettes, soft drinks. But wine drives our business. And we still only have about a 5 percent net profit margin. You let Walmart and other retailers sell all brands of wine as one of about 1,000 categories on the shelves of their hundreds-of-thousands-of-square-feet sales floor (ours is about 4,000 square feet, and we're bigger than most), and we will die. They don't have to make a decent margin on wine. We HAVE to just to barely make a profit on the year. I know it's hard for legislators to say no to Walmart, but in this case lots of small business' future is at risk. Please defeat this bill.

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Posted by Big Fun on 02/23/2017 at 8:11 PM

Re: “The bathroom bill: How big a 'problem'?

We're talking "public" bathrooms here. 90-plus percent of my bathroom time is spent at home and in the unisex bathroom in our office. What percentage of the population identifies as transgender? And if 90 percent of their bathroom time is also spent at home and at work, how many bathroom trips are we even talking about? And who would know? Go into the stall, do your business, wash your hands, dry your hands and leave. It's as simple as that.

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Posted by Big Fun on 02/15/2017 at 8:58 AM

Re: “The Sunday open line. And a plug for The Rep.

We absolutely adored Sister Act. The voices! The fun! Go!

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Posted by Big Fun on 02/12/2017 at 6:09 PM

Re: “Bill to allow sale of wine in grocery stores in House committee

I am a partner in a liquor store that is not one of the privileged county line stores. Those guys sold out to Walmart, Kroger, EZ Mart, et al, because there is no threat to their business as retailers in dry counties are still in dry counties. Wine will continue to make up a tiny percentage of Walmart's business, so that they don't have to worry about making a decent profit margin on it. They'll make it up on steaks, produce, shrimp, etc. In my business wine is our highest-profit item. We sell three things in any volume -- liquor, wine and beer. And beer, because it's sold everywhere, is by far the lowest-margin item we have. This will be a killer. Liquor stores will try to adjust and hold on. But stores will close and local people will lose their jobs. And all liquor stores are locally owned. There are no chains here. Any money we make stays right here. Think Walmart's, Kroger's and EZ Mart's corporate profits all stay right here?

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Posted by Big Fun on 02/09/2017 at 1:35 PM

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