Friday, 21 March 2008

Shop Opening: No longer a Conundrum

Well I discovered today that most cafés in Napier were open and even at 0930 very well patronised: pavement culture ruled. All dairies and superettes (corner shops to those of you in the UK - and Menorca!), petrol stations and the like were also open. What they could (in theory) sell was in some cases limited but there was no indication that there was any practical effect.

In Napier no shops were open in defiance of the law so far as I could see. In some other places stores just opened and paid the $1000 fine and regarded it as a running cost.

Apparently it's a standard debate every Easter with no definitive outcome. A poll today however showed that a significant majority of those questioned wanted the status quo.

So there we are. It'll be interesting to see how long it stays like that.

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