So how much does this suck? Amstel Light and Microsoft are giving away copies of Tony Bourdain’s new book, The Nasty Bits (it’s not all that new, but it’s free). All one must do is go to the website, enter the proper information in the little spaces, click to submit and NOT LIVE IN CALIFORNIA. From the terms:
Offer open only to legal residents of the United States (with the exception of residents of California) and the District of Columbia, 21 years of age or older. Void in California and where prohibited.
Why? Thanks to the busy-bodies at CalPartners Coalition, we weak-minded consumers might think we have to drink until we are slobbering, falling-down, puking drunk to get our free book. Even though no purchase is required. And the book is free, not the booze. But in California, alcohol companies must not offer freebies, especially to impressionable teens.
FBLA thinks this nanny-state legislation is ridiculous. Any high school kid interested in getting his hands on some beer isn’t going to order a freakin’ book, even if it is called The Nasty Bits. Are kids in California in danger of believing that one must be drunk to buy a book? (We make an exception in some cases.)
We’re pissed and we’re going to go get pissed. And then read until we can’t read anymore.