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First day of Sunday alcohol sales confuses customers in LaGrange

LAGRANGE, GA (WTVM) -

The first day of Sunday alcohol sales in LaGrange had some customers confused about where they could get beer and liquor; also, some stores in the city are also having a few issues with this big change.

April 1st is known to many as April Fool's Day."I thought it was an April fool's joke and I figured I'd come up here, and grab one and try it and see what happens," said Troup County resident Daryl Burton.

However, the liquor stores' open doors was no joke. Now residents in LaGrange can pick up their favorite beer or any alcoholic beverage, for that matter, on Sundays.

"I think it's great I don't have to drive all the way to Alabama."But Mr. Burton will have to drive further than his neighborhood corner store, LaGrange Happy Stop. He lives in the county, where alcohol sales are not permitted.

" I feel that we're losing sales because we've already had like five or six customers come in today wanting to know if they could buy the beer and I'm having to turn them away," said LaGrange Happy Stop cashier Ashley Railey.

When Ashley turns customers away, they must drive about five miles down the road to places like Downtown Package Store which is within the city limits.

"We've noticed a boost in business today. It gives them a choice to do what they want to do on Sundays," said Downtown Package Store co-owner brad Hudson.

It's not just the customers that are confused, an employee News Leader 9 spoke with at one gas station says he hasn't heard anything about Sunday sales and is waiting until Monday to confirm with the city.

"I heard some things today that some people were not selling today because they were confused, but I don't know how you can be confused when both newspapers we have here and you know everyone knows... I thought everyone knew," said Hudson.

There have also been reports that Walmart is also having issues because their system was not updated to allow Sunday sales.

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