Sunday, September 21, 2008

Curbing Underage Drinking in Southie

Yesterday, I did my part to curb underage drinking in Southie.

While headed out the door for dinner, I was stopped by a teenager, who asked if I could do him a favor.

Whenever that question is posed, cash in hand outside of a corner store, it usually means one of two things:

"You want me to buy beer for you?"


"You want me to buy cigarettes for you?"


"Um, OK."

"Can you buy two bottles of vodka for me and my friends (n.b. group of teenage girls standing on opposite corner?"

Now at this point, I'm running late for dinner. I could buy the booze for this kid, but what benefit does it serve me? I could appear cool in his eyes (um...don't really care about that), I could make 5 bucks that he was willing to pay me (nah), I could help this guy have a fun Saturday evening with his female companions (which he could do without the booze).

Or I could just not do it, which is what I decided.

My small donation to the Southie community to eliminate underage drinking, although I'm sure he found someone willing to buy him the vodka moments later.

1 comment:

Kathy said...

I think you are lucky they didn't shoot you.....