Wahid Ibrahim could lose his licence to sell alcohol next week as a council review decides on his suitability to remain as the owner of B&W Stores in York Place, Brighton.
What did he do, sell alcohol to a minor? Well, yes. Once.
But his real ‘crime’ is selling alcohol to adults.
The review is the first in Sussex to be brought by fellow retailers and residents who say they are fed-up with a gang of up to 20 street drinkers fuelled by super-strength lager bought at B&W becoming involved in antisocial behaviour, threatening traders and fighting in the street.
And tomorrow, they will demand a review into Honest John’s Car Sales, because someone did a bank job with one of his vehicles…
I mean, aren’t all those things crimes? That the police should be dealing with?
Mr Wahid, who is a private gynaecology and obstetrics consultant, said his shop voluntarily stopped selling super-strength alcohol at the start of July but street drinkers still gathered around St Peter’s Place.
He said: “It is an endemic social problem. They are blaming the whole problem of Brighton on B&W. Why don’t they go after Special Brew manufacturers, where is AA? “
Well, they are large companies, with lawyers straining at the leash like Rottweilers, and can’t be bullied.
You? You’re a pushover. You’re the little guy…
If they can’t use moral blackmail, they’ll crush you utterly.
“If they can’t buy super-strength alcohol in London Road they will just go somewhere else.
“I am not here trying to make a big profit, I am just trying to make ends meet and pay my employees, but they want this place boarded up and ten people unemployed.”
Yes. And then, when squatters move in to your abandoned premises, they’ll scream all the louder…