CORINNE： Wow！ It's 8：45. If we want to buy some beer， we should go now. ALEX： Why？ The party doesn't start until 10：30. CORINNE： Yes. But the liquor stores stop selling alcohol at 9：00. ALEX： Really？ All the liquor stores？
CORINNE： Yes. It's a state law. ALEX： You mean you can't buy beer after 9：00？
CORINNE： That's right. ALEX： How strange！ Why is there a law like that？
CORINNE： I don't like it either. But I guess a lot of Americans want to regulate drinking. They don't think it's good if people buy alcohol late at night. ALEX： But the bars are still open after 9：00. So people could just go to the bars. CORINNE： Of course. They can drink in the bars. But they can't buy beer at the bars and carry it outside. ALEX： Is that true？
CORINNE： It's true. It's against the law. And the bars must close at 1：30 am. If they stay open later， they could get fined. ALEX： That's silly. That's too early. CORINNE： I agree. Sometimes I think the government here treats people like children. ALEX： I'm really surprised. I thought America was "the land of the free". But you aren't even free to buy beer when you want. CORINNE： There was a time in American history when alcohol was even illegal. ALEX： I know. I read about it. CORINNE： So I think the laws today reflect that old attitude. Many people think alcohol is bad. And they think the government should control it. ALEX： Wait a minute. You said you can't buy beer at a liquor store after 9：00. CORINNE： That's right. ALEX： But what about Seven-Elevens. I saw a Seven-Eleven near your apartment， and they sell beer there. And they are open 24 hours. CORINNE： At 9：00， they have to put a lock on the beer cooler. So even at a Seven-Eleven， you have to buy beer before 9：00. ALEX： What a strange law！
CORINNE： I agree. Sometimes I think there are too many laws here. ALEX： So let's hurry and buy the beer. Before it's too late. CORINNE： Alright， let's go.