I thought I had heard the dumbest law in relation to beer and bars, the since recinded "you can't stand and hold a beer in a bar in PEI" law. I hunt these dumb laws out and thought I had heard the best of them. Then I read this: "Utah is the only state that requires people to fill out an application and pay a fee before entering a bar." Wow. Apparently it's a rule that might soon go the way of the dodo but it is still on the books:
Utah's bar industry has come up with a compromise to the hassle of making patrons fill out forms. Its leaders have proposed scanning driver's licenses before customers enter a club to verify nobody under 21 enters. Some lawmakers would like information about who goes into a bar stored on the scanners so police could use it.
So is there a bureau somewhere in Utah where all this data is centrally stored? Does someone go through it to data mine the bar hopping of citizens? Can it be displayed in a pie chart? That is stunningly intrusive in an allegedly free and democratic society.