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New Jersey Apple Stores work to circumvent Sunday laws

updated 10:20 am EST, Wed February 2, 2011

County still enforcing religious restrictions

Two Apple Stores in Bergen County, New Jersey are devising a way of getting around local "blue" laws preventing shops from opening on Sundays, sources say. While the state technically abolished such restrictions in 1959, local jurisdictions were allowed to enforce their own laws favoring religions with Sunday observances. The Garden State Plaza Apple Store in Paramus and the Tice's Corner outlet in Woodcliff Lake are said to be Apple's only US retail sites not open on Sundays.

To circumvent limitations, the stores are said to be planning to only offer services on Sundays, rather than products, since local blue laws are directed mostly at sales of goods. Some available services will reportedly include Genius Bar appointments and training classes. While the outlets may not earn much if any money from such an approach, it should help to alleviate heavy store traffic during the rest of the week.

by MacNN Staff





  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969



    can't believe these kinds of blue laws are still in effect.

  1. Gazoobee

    Joined: Dec 1969


    religion = nonsense

    And yet these are the same folks that pass laws against using sharia in the legal system because *that* kind of religion mixed in the state's business would be "wrong," whereas this kind of religious nonsense is "right."

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

    Joined: Dec 1969


    nice tradition

    closing on Sunday is a nice tradition that, typically just means you buy your stuff the other 6 days of the week, but ensures most everyone has a day off - the same day off.

    The roots may have been in respecting Sunday - but in reality, one could support such a tradition without caring about it being Sunday, in particular.

    It's just nice, having a day set aside as being different. Not everyone gets the day off - police, hospital, fire - apple genius bar apparently - would need to remain open for essential services. But for everyone else, they have this shared holiday, which is actually quite neat.

    You can end up scheduling activities for that day, and be relatively sure that most people have the day off.

    but nevermind Sunday, at least preserve the tradition of Christmas. It used to be that it was one day, when everything was closed and people spent that day slightly different, and it was a shared experience.

    Now wal-mart stays open on Christmas. What happened to Sunday will happen to every holiday...and it is a loss.

  1. jdonahoe

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Are there any gas stations?

    Or grocery stores? How would they be able to operate? Apparently, in Israel, they have appliances like stoves that automatically start up so the owner can get around rules against "working" on the Sabbath. Go figure...

  1. garmonbosia

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Heinlein was correct

    There should be a ban on all religious laws in a free democratic society. And before going to war we should vote, and the ones voting to go to war should have to fight it.

  1. driven

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Jonathan-Tanya's post

    I wish I could click "like" more than once. For those of us who end up working 7 days a week, such a law would be nice to have. (Even if it wouldn't benefit me directly.) We need more time with our families, not less. Regardless of the reason of the law's origin, it gives people at least a single day off.

  1. AngryFanBoy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Mixed blessing

    While I am a huge supporter of labor, and am well aware that lives were lost to create and maintain fair and safe employment practices, I wonder if there's a way to make this work for both labor and consumer.
    If employees could choose which 5 days they worked (or OT if they wished) and were assured two consecutive days off, those willing to work weekends could do so. Perhaps a pay differential to reflect weekend work.

    As someone who occasionally shops in the area affected, I can tell you Saturday is a madhouse - Sunday a ghost town. Many folks who work weekdays can only go on weekends. It would be nice to be able to visit all the stores on Sundays. But clearly I'm sympathetic to Labor - I only favor change if fairly instituted.

  1. Sondjata

    Joined: Dec 1969


    gas stations etc.

    Yes gas stations are open. "Essential" services and food sellers are not covered by NJ blue laws. In fact many stores manage to stay open by placing a cafe in their properties. I'm not sure how they are going to get the mall to open up for them though I suppose since the restaurants in them can open then the Apple Store can. I think Apple is overreaching on this one. Most of us either wait or go to another Apple Store. It's not that big a deal and I doubt they are losing sales from this.

  1. lamewing

    Joined: Dec 1969


    @jonathan and driven

    While you may enjoy a religious day off. I DO NOT appreciate being told that I am not allowed to do certain things because people who follow one particular religion (in this case, Christianity) made a law.

    If you want to worship your own deity, that is your business, but I DO NOT want it interfering with my day-to-day life. To be told I cannot shop or that a store must be closed on Sunday is absolutely ridiculous, and those who allow this law to be enforced need to be removed from office and be replaced with people who are more level-headed.

  1. myramoki

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Another reason not to live in Jersey

    I visited my sister once that lived in one of these 'blue law' areas, and shopping on Saturday was a huge pain because EVERYBODY else was shopping at the same time instead of getting spread out over the whole weekend. And what was ridiculous was that we could get in the car and drive a little ways away and be able to shop there, although doing that was a pain also.

    And hello, but I WORK during the week and can't shop then. So I have only 1 day to shop in? Thanks guys. So glad I don't live there. Just having to deal with it a few times when I visited was annoying.

    This kind of stupidity only helps to make religion seem like an intrusive, overbearing annoyance that some want to shove down our throats instead of something that is supposed to enrich our lives.

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