Adam makes a really good point about NC ABC selection. This system severely limits customer selection, and only really serves the big distributors. Whenever I travel outside NC, I feel like a kid in a candy store, finding obscure and interesting tiny microdistilleries, foreign rums and brandies, Amaros, odd vermouths...
If we could get one good thing out of this radical state government, privatization of the liquor store might be it.
"Bragging" – after describing theft #1 of $120, Mr. Sobsey details how theft #2 was worth $700, with much better wines.
"Inspire, invite others to shoplift" - by detailing both his Plan A and B methods for stealing wine, he indeed inspires others to imitate his crime.
Adam does not understand the potential power of words in print. Nor does he understand the true relationship between advertisers and the small newspapers that depend on them. Please explain this quote by Adam: “Moral righteousness has no place in amoebic capitalism.”
I regret that "Kavika52" has responded with such vitriol to this story and has made false statements about my character, actions and intentions. First, the two thefts I allude to in this article were isolated incidents. They took place more than a decade ago. I have never knowingly committed any other thefts before or since, and do not intend to, as the line, "Retailers, you are safe--from me" clearly states. It is wrong to imply, as "Kavika52" does, that I continue to steal. I do not.
Second, my intent was absolutely not to "inspire" or "invite" other people to shoplift, and nowhere in the article do I say that they should do so. Nor was I was trying to "brag" about stealing. I'm not proud of having done it, and I regret not only the crimes but also that this article has inadvertently misled at least one reader to conclude otherwise. My intent in the article was to put a mistake, which I have learned from, into perspective; that's why I was comfortable discussing it in print. I regret that I was unable to write clearly enough to avoid a reader's misunderstanding and subsequent personal attack.
Please take the high road yourself Lisa Sorg, and counsel your writers not to invite shoplifting of high priced items from corporations that run storefronts, like Whole Foods, Kroger, etc. How many of the Indy's advertisers now will break a sweat when they see Adam Sobsey walk in? And by the way, have you counted the laptops lately? "Jerk" was simply the nicest word I could think of; sorry it offended you.
A warning to the commenter: Name-calling violates the INDY's comments policy. Please take the high road and refrain from doing so, as it does not contribute to the conversation.
There were other ways to write this article, other ways to honor light red wines, but Adam Sobsey chose to brag about his theft of $820. Does anyone else suspect his thieving went far further? Of course, he excuses his theft because it was against a corporation; perhaps his Christmas shopping at Southpoint Mall is similar?
You're a jerk Adam, for bragging about your theft, for inspiring others to do the same, and for supposing that that there are no consequences. When your home in downtown Durham gets ripped off, know that you sent the invitation yourself … to the universe.
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