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(News.com.au)   If you're in Western Australia, don't try to to buy underpants at a petrol station after 9pm on a Thursday   (news.com.au) divider line 18
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2013-10-09 09:53:10 AM
Its also illegal in Maine to open a plane door while in air even though its damn near impossible to do such

(Doors are pressurized and pressed against the skin like a plug one finds in a bathtub. Going 800 miles per hour makes it impossible to pull the door from the skin. The plane must slow down in order to be able to open the door)
 
2013-10-09 10:12:08 AM

cman: Its also illegal in Maine to open a plane door while in air even though its damn near impossible to do such

(Doors are pressurized and pressed against the skin like a plug one finds in a bathtub. Going 800 miles per hour makes it impossible to pull the door from the skin. The plane must slow down in order to be able to open the door)


But unlike weird laws here in the US, this one is actually enforced. I always thought it was weird the government said in Australia when stores can be open. I told an Aussie here they can be open whenever and some are even open 24/7. They almost fainted. Here are the only hours they can be open in Perth, Western Australia's capital city/largest city:

General retail shops
All shops are regarded as general retail shops unless they fall under any one of the other categories including: small retail shops, special retail shops, filling - service stations or motor vehicle shops.

Trading hours for general retail shops in the metropolitan area:
8.00am - 9.00pm, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday Thursday and Friday
8.00am - 5.00pm, Saturday
11.00am - 5.00pm, Sunday
11.00am - 5.00pm Public holidays
CLOSED: Christmas Day, Good Friday and ANZAC Day

Source: http://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/consumerprotection/content/consumers/Re t ail_Trading_Hours.html
 
2013-10-09 10:56:52 AM
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2013-10-09 11:07:11 AM

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And stay out of the Woolworth's...
 
2013-10-09 11:07:52 AM
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2013-10-09 11:11:59 AM

cman: Its also illegal in Maine to open a plane door while in air even though its damn near impossible to do such

(Doors are pressurized and pressed against the skin like a plug one finds in a bathtub. Going 800 miles per hour makes it impossible to pull the door from the skin. The plane must slow down in order to be able to open the door)


You realize that's faster than the speed of sound right? The cruising speed of most commercial jets is around 500-550 mph. Also it's the pressure that hold them shut, not the speed.
 
2013-10-09 11:19:12 AM
I was in Perth just before Christmas a few years ago.  They had commercials touting that stores would be allowed to be open until SEVEN PM!!!! on the Sunday before Christmas.

I was visiting a friend who moved back to Perth after years in Toronto and Seattle.  She said it took the better part of a year to condition herself to no longer living where stores are open 24 hours a day.  More than once, especially when she first moved back, she'd be in the middle of a cooking or sewing project at midnight and hop in her car to get some forgotten item only to remember that nothing was open.

/What they don't tell you about Western Australia: there are flies everywhere.  Even in the middle of the desert, hundreds of miles from human settlement.  And the crows meow.//
 
2013-10-09 11:22:36 AM

Straelbora: I was in Perth just before Christmas a few years ago.  They had commercials touting that stores would be allowed to be open until SEVEN PM!!!! on the Sunday before Christmas.

I was visiting a friend who moved back to Perth after years in Toronto and Seattle.  She said it took the better part of a year to condition herself to no longer living where stores are open 24 hours a day.  More than once, especially when she first moved back, she'd be in the middle of a cooking or sewing project at midnight and hop in her car to get some forgotten item only to remember that nothing was open.

/What they don't tell you about Western Australia: there are flies everywhere.  Even in the middle of the desert, hundreds of miles from human settlement.  And the crows meow.//


Yeah, I've been there. The meowing coming from the trees was creepy. I was like "WTF????"
Especially creepy since I was standing in an Aborigine cemetery at the time.
Almost sh*t my pants....but at least it was before 9pm, so I could buy more underwear.
 
2013-10-09 11:35:42 AM
Considering all the people who get trampled to death when they open stores at midnight on Black Friday, maybe we could do with a few restrictions on when stores open and close, but I can't imagine why you'd restrict when people can buy underpants. Now if you need me, I'll be putting trousers on my goat.
 
2013-10-09 11:54:41 AM
Is it still illegal to put weasels down your pants ?
 
2013-10-09 12:04:31 PM
It's this way in Bern, Switzerland (never out late enough in another locale to know if it's different), except in the bahnhoff where some stores seem to be open until around 9:00 p.m. (6:00 on Sunday) or so and closed on Sunday.  Stores close @ 6:30-7:00, except Thursday nights when it's "shopping night" until 9:00.

Once when I was there, the canton of Fribourg was voting to have stores open on Sunday.  I don't know if it passed.

Sundays were peaceful and quiet, with families picnicking in the park or at The Gurten after church--or heading to the mountains.
 
2013-10-09 12:21:12 PM
 
2013-10-09 12:25:09 PM
In Other News, there are still Woolworths

(ours closed 1992)
 
2013-10-09 12:30:53 PM
I lived there in the mid-60s.  Someone found one of those crazy laws that said it was illegal to operate a laundramat on Sunday.  Rather than change the law, they enforced it and made them close on Sundays.

/As a 10 year old in Australia in 1966, Woolworths was a magical place
 
vpc
2013-10-09 03:23:41 PM
It's like South Carolina, where it was illegal to buy a hammer at wal-mart before 1pm on Sunday. Also underpants, light bulbs, and anything else not "essential to life".

Yet the sex toy shops were open for business on a Sunday morning!
 
2013-10-09 04:59:30 PM

Walker: cman: Its also illegal in Maine to open a plane door while in air even though its damn near impossible to do such

(Doors are pressurized and pressed against the skin like a plug one finds in a bathtub. Going 800 miles per hour makes it impossible to pull the door from the skin. The plane must slow down in order to be able to open the door)

But unlike weird laws here in the US, this one is actually enforced. I always thought it was weird the government said in Australia when stores can be open. I told an Aussie here they can be open whenever and some are even open 24/7. They almost fainted. Here are the only hours they can be open in Perth, Western Australia's capital city/largest city:

General retail shops
All shops are regarded as general retail shops unless they fall under any one of the other categories including: small retail shops, special retail shops, filling - service stations or motor vehicle shops.

Trading hours for general retail shops in the metropolitan area:
8.00am - 9.00pm, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday Thursday and Friday
8.00am - 5.00pm, Saturday
11.00am - 5.00pm, Sunday
11.00am - 5.00pm Public holidays
CLOSED: Christmas Day, Good Friday and ANZAC Day

Source: http://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/consumerprotection/content/consumers/Re t ail_Trading_Hours.html


Western Australia is a bit backward. In Sydney retail businesses are typically open from 6am to midnight. Some K-Marts are open 24 hours as are all petrol stations and McDonalds drive-thrus.
 
2013-10-09 05:47:10 PM

Clemkadidlefark: In Other News, there are still Woolworths

(ours closed 1992)


This. I thought they were completely dead. Maybe news hasn't reached Australia yet?
 
2013-10-09 07:28:47 PM

Monkey MKIII: Clemkadidlefark: In Other News, there are still Woolworths

(ours closed 1992)

This. I thought they were completely dead. Maybe news hasn't reached Australia yet?


It's a completely different and apparently unrelated company.
 
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