Blue Law Blues

Sunday liquor sales are prohibited in Gallup, NM. As a result, a chain store there has decided to halt sales of hairspray and mouthwash on Sundays because some customers dillute them with water to make drinks called "ocean water." Similarly, other stores now keep hairspray, mouthwash and vanilla extract behind the counter.

Blue laws prohibiting alcohol beverage sales have often had similar negative conseuences in other communities as well, many of which have abolished such laws in the interest of public health.


  • Store halts Sunday sales of hairspray, mouthwash. Associate Press (3-29-03).

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