The Spirit of the Law

by on April 16, 2017 at 12:50 am in Current Affairs, Economics, Law | Permalink

To get around the Indian Supreme Court’s ban on selling alcohol within 500 meters of a highway, a bar in Kerala added some distance. Here is one case where obeying the letter of the law is producing the spirit of the law. As an added bonus it will be easier to enter the bar than to exit.


Hat tip: Anjan Rao.

1 JCS April 16, 2017 at 2:30 am

A workaround even Benoit Mandelbrot could love.

2 Rich Berger April 16, 2017 at 5:50 am

And patrons will be staying longer, too.

3 Art Deco April 16, 2017 at 6:16 am

It’s like that old saying I often repeat: A penis in the hand is worth two in the bush

4 The Other Jim April 16, 2017 at 8:50 am

We’ll see how long this lasts. 250m is not short distance. Do his delivery men have to walk that far?

5 ilya April 16, 2017 at 9:47 am

You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave!

6 Mark Thorson April 16, 2017 at 10:46 am

Add a few false turns and blind alleys, and you have a sobriety screening device.

7 Ray Lopez April 16, 2017 at 10:48 am

I am a law school dropout so I can speak with some authority on international law.

First, India is a ‘common-law’ country like the UK, US is, as opposed to a ‘civil law’ country. This matters because the “spirit of the law” must be obeyed in a common-law country, not the “letter of the law”. What this means is that having a “zig-zag” of 500 meters is not in accordance with the “spirit of the law” (contrary to AlexT’s title), but only with the “letter of the law”. In a “civil law” country, this ‘trick’ would work so that the shopkeeper can serve alcohol, but not in India. That’s the theory. In practice, in these developing countries there’s only one law: the golden rule. He who has the gold, rules. So a quick bribe to the local official in charge will solve any problem. That’s probably how the shopkeeper in this story got around the law in India.

Common Law Countries: The United States, England, India, Canada
Civil Law Countries: EU, pretty much everywhere else.

8 andy April 17, 2017 at 2:30 pm

> What this means is that having a “zig-zag” of 500 meters is not in accordance with the “spirit of the law” (contrary to AlexT’s title), but only with the “letter of the law”.

Actually, I thought that zig-zag of 500 meters is in accordance with the ‘spirit of the law’, while 50m air-distance from the highway is not in accordance with the “letter of the law”?

9 Bill April 17, 2017 at 5:46 am

A drunk will never find his way out of the maze.

10 Ricky Tylor April 17, 2017 at 4:23 pm

It is nice to see that, I doubt if this can ever be applied. It really matters less whether it’s legal or illegal, it will still be use and no one is ever going to stop it. I don’t really worry about it because I focus on my own career in Forex trading and due to broker like OctaFX, I find it ever so good having small spreads at 0.1 pips for all major pairs, over 70 instruments, fast execution, cash back and many such features, it’s all top notch!

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