I was in a local convenient store in a not-so-great Albany neighborhood recently when I set off the beer alarm.
Yes the beer alarm.
It seems the South End Stewart’s has the beer cooler rigged with an alarm that goes off when you open the door:
The alarm sounds for as long as the door remains open. It’s possible that this is effort to save energy, a reminder not to keep the door open unnecessarily, but I’m guessing it’s actually a loss prevention measure.
If you’re like me, you feel slightly self-conscious when buying beer at convenience stores. It’s like everyone standing their with their eggs and milk are looking at you saying, “Oh, sure… here’s the miscreant buying beer. You gonna drink those in the car on the way home?”
So, having an alarm go off when you open the cooler doesn’t help.
I’m hoping my wife doesn’t catch wind of this. The thought of an alarm on my refrigerator door at home is beyond disturbing. It’s bad enough she can see me poking my head in there from the family room.