Campbellton — Staff at the Campbellton Alcool NB Liquor store, located at 130 Roseberry St., were confused on Jan. 28 by the inexplicable purchase of a 12-pack of beer at the Crown corporation retail outlet.
Alcool NB Liquor box clerk Amy Fitzfiggins recalled the episode for The Manatee. “There last night, this guy came in, went to the cooler, and brought a box of beer to the front cash. Me and the other girl working that night, Yvonne, just looked at each other. We haven’t had anyone buy any beer in here since I started working here.”
Jack Noseworthy, a resident of St. John’s, NL, was travelling through Campbellton on his way to visit relatives on Oakville, Ont. He was spending the evening in Campbellton and went to the local liquor store. He had decided to purchase a 12-pack of Alpine cans for $21.99. Mr. Noseworthy was apparently unaware that every New Brunswick resident that lives north of Miramichi purchases their beer at the Restigouche Drive-Thru in Pointe-à-la-Croix, Que., just across the bridge from Campbellton. Beer prices in Quebec are significantly lower, and beer sales in northern New Brunswick Alcool NB Liquor stores are typically limited to either the very wealthy or those who don’t know any better.
“We didn’t know what to do,” recalled Fitzfiggins. “We haven’t sold a case of beer here since the Restigouche opened across the river in 1998. Usually, the only people we see in here are tourists asking directions to Pointe-à-la-Croix and the high school volleyball team collecting donations at the front door. I mean, he could have picked up a 60-pack of Coors Lite across the bridge for $62.50. Why he would spend almost twice as much on beer here is beyond me.”
The Manatee spoke with Alyre Dupuis, manager of the Campbellton liquor store, about the incident. “Alcool NB Liquor is pleased to serve the public with our fine selection of beers, wines and spirits. We thank Mr. Noseworthy for his patronage and look forward to serving another customer like him in the near future.”
Our reporter interviewed Noseworthy about the incident. “Geez, I don’t know what the big deal is about. Back in Newfoundland we pay a lot more for a box of beer. I thought that 22 bucks for a box of 12 cans was a good deal. The wife said it tasted a bit funky, but beer is beer, right?”