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waggy

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Originally posted by: MercenaryForHire
Originally posted by: Amused
This was all I needed to hear:

However, according to a Pinellas Park police report, Romano (the bar owner) told officers "he requested a customer later identified as Gary Maujean to leave the establishment because he was not purchasing drinks."
The bar owner stepped in it, big time. He can't take this statement back. It's the shovel digging his grave.
The only question is - now that the owner's hit rock bottom, will he stop digging and suck it up, or break out the dynamite? :p

IIRC, parts of Ontario have DD bylaws that require bars to provide free non-alcoholic drinks. Bare minimum is water of course, but most places have realized that providing fountain pop/etc is yet another factor that causes said DD to choose that bar when it's their turn at the short straw. :p

- M4H
heh we tend to go to 2 bars. both of them offer free drinks (well pop) to the DD.


anyway unless there is a DD law then the bar owner is ok. granted what he did is a really bad business choice.
 

cjchaps

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If the article is accurate I hope they throw the book at the Bar Owner. Treating a patron of 10+ years the way they did to him is rediculous.
 

theknight571

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Originally posted by: MercenaryForHire
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The only question is - now that the owner's hit rock bottom, will he stop digging and suck it up, or break out the dynamite? :p

IIRC, parts of Ontario have DD bylaws that require bars to provide free non-alcoholic drinks. Bare minimum is water of course, but most places have realized that providing fountain pop/etc is yet another factor that causes said DD to choose that bar when it's their turn at the short straw. :p

- M4H
This is what happened when I volunteered to be DD at my buddies bachelor party... all but one of the bars provided me with free pop.

Of course I was driving around 8 others that were buying drinks as fast as the bartender could bring 'em. lol

I'm not in Ontario btw, the party took place in and around Ann Arbor.
 

Aharami

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you'd think a bar owner would treat a DD with some more respect. AFAIK, the bar owner/tender is held partially responsible if a patron they served end up killing someone while driving drunk. They are supposed to know when someone is too drunk, cut them off, and call a cab for them. Having a DD there relieves them from that responsibility. Also would attract more business if people know they have a DD and can drink as much as they want w/o having to worry about driving home afterward
 

Tiamat

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yeah, the bar i went to had a entrance fee of "buy 1 drink minimum". I was the DD but I had to get the one drink. I just didnt drive people home for 2 hrs.
 

Amused

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Originally posted by: Tiamat
yeah, the bar i went to had a entrance fee of "buy 1 drink minimum". I was the DD but I had to get the one drink. I just didnt drive people home for 2 hrs.
One normal sized drink takes you no where near the legal limit. There was no reason to wait 2 hours (except the fact that your friends were having fun, of course).

There is absolutely nothing wrong with having one or two normal sized drinks and driving.
 

giantpinkbunnyhead

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Originally posted by: aphex
wow.. what an idiot...

And to all the Florida comments... laugh all you want, i'll just sit back and enjoy our 65 degree, perfectly clear weather today, while you freeze your ass off...
LOL well I for one, prefer 0 degrees over 65, so I guess we both win eh?

 

bcterps

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This guy was a regular at the bar too wasn't he? I can't believe the common sense that some people lack.
 

Phokus

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Originally posted by: aphex
wow.. what an idiot...

And to all the Florida comments... laugh all you want, i'll just sit back and enjoy our 65 degree, perfectly clear weather today, while you freeze your ass off...
I'll remember this post when you guys have a hurricane rip through your state :p
 
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Originally posted by: Amused
Originally posted by: Tiamat
yeah, the bar i went to had a entrance fee of "buy 1 drink minimum". I was the DD but I had to get the one drink. I just didnt drive people home for 2 hrs.
One normal sized drink takes you no where near the legal limit. There was no reason to wait 2 hours (except the fact that your friends were having fun, of course).

There is absolutely nothing wrong with having one or two normal sized drinks and driving.
In before the ZOMFG U R DUI commentary.

/:beer:
/drive

- M4H
 

waggy

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Originally posted by: Phokus
Originally posted by: aphex
wow.. what an idiot...

And to all the Florida comments... laugh all you want, i'll just sit back and enjoy our 65 degree, perfectly clear weather today, while you freeze your ass off...
I'll remember this post when you guys have a hurricane rip through your state :p
and tornado's. again.
 

GregGreen

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Originally posted by: Amused
Originally posted by: Tiamat
yeah, the bar i went to had a entrance fee of "buy 1 drink minimum". I was the DD but I had to get the one drink. I just didnt drive people home for 2 hrs.
One normal sized drink takes you no where near the legal limit. There was no reason to wait 2 hours (except the fact that your friends were having fun, of course).

There is absolutely nothing wrong with having one or two normal sized drinks and driving.
That's not what the commercial I saw told me about buzzed driving. And I will enjoy two normal sized drinks before driving...
 

OutHouse

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Originally posted by: Amused
Originally posted by: Tiamat
yeah, the bar i went to had a entrance fee of "buy 1 drink minimum". I was the DD but I had to get the one drink. I just didnt drive people home for 2 hrs.
One normal sized drink takes you no where near the legal limit. There was no reason to wait 2 hours (except the fact that your friends were having fun, of course).

There is absolutely nothing wrong with having one or two normal sized drinks and driving.
wrong. not to long ago i had a (one) glass of wine :wine: when i took my wife out for dinner. i dont know why it happend but that one glass of wine gave me a serious buzz, and if you have a buzz you are impared. we just made it a long dinner with dessert and tipped really well.

 

Amused

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Originally posted by: GregGreen
Originally posted by: Amused
Originally posted by: Tiamat
yeah, the bar i went to had a entrance fee of "buy 1 drink minimum". I was the DD but I had to get the one drink. I just didnt drive people home for 2 hrs.
One normal sized drink takes you no where near the legal limit. There was no reason to wait 2 hours (except the fact that your friends were having fun, of course).

There is absolutely nothing wrong with having one or two normal sized drinks and driving.
That's not what the commercial I saw told me about buzzed driving. And I will enjoy two normal sized drinks before driving...
Yes, I know what the prohibitionist MADD says. They are full of crap. It's a sad day when a person can't have a couple glasses of wine with dinner and drive home.
 

Amused

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Originally posted by: Citrix
Originally posted by: Amused
Originally posted by: Tiamat
yeah, the bar i went to had a entrance fee of "buy 1 drink minimum". I was the DD but I had to get the one drink. I just didnt drive people home for 2 hrs.
One normal sized drink takes you no where near the legal limit. There was no reason to wait 2 hours (except the fact that your friends were having fun, of course).

There is absolutely nothing wrong with having one or two normal sized drinks and driving.
wrong. not to long ago i had a (one) glass of wine :wine: when i took my wife out for dinner. i dont know why it happend but that one glass of wine gave me a serious buzz, and if you have a buzz you are impared. we just made it a long dinner with dessert and tipped really well.
Well, if YOU don't feel safe to drive, by all means, don't. But to make such a rule arbitrarily is absurd. Two drinks don't affect me at all. Hell it takes four drinks within an hour for me to even feel a buzz and approach the legal limit.
 

slikmunks

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Originally posted by: aphex
wow.. what an idiot...

And to all the Florida comments... laugh all you want, i'll just sit back and enjoy our 65 degree, perfectly clear weather today, while you freeze your ass off...
orrrr... you could do so-cal and enjoy the weather here without tornados... altho you do have to deal w/ an occasional earthquake... but those are more fun!
 

OutHouse

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Originally posted by: Amused
Originally posted by: Citrix
Originally posted by: Amused
Originally posted by: Tiamat
yeah, the bar i went to had a entrance fee of "buy 1 drink minimum". I was the DD but I had to get the one drink. I just didnt drive people home for 2 hrs.
One normal sized drink takes you no where near the legal limit. There was no reason to wait 2 hours (except the fact that your friends were having fun, of course).

There is absolutely nothing wrong with having one or two normal sized drinks and driving.
wrong. not to long ago i had a (one) glass of wine :wine: when i took my wife out for dinner. i dont know why it happend but that one glass of wine gave me a serious buzz, and if you have a buzz you are impared. we just made it a long dinner with dessert and tipped really well.
Well, if YOU don't feel safe to drive, by all means, don't. But to make such a rule arbitrarily is absurd. Two drinks don't affect me at all. Hell it takes four drinks within an hour for me to even feel a buzz and approach the legal limit.

I agree with that, and on the opposite end i have 4 beers and didnt feel a damn thing. that night was just weird, maybe the moon was in its libra cycle or somthing but that one glass of wine got my attentioin... :)
 

Ulfwald

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Some of the bars I have gone to serve DDs coke and other non alcoholic drinks free. I asked one manager why he does this, and he stated that for every DD they keep happy, that is 2-4 people drinking a lot more. Plus it helps avoid lawsuits./
 

brandonbull

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Originally posted by: Amused
I'm confused why people would associate this with Florida? Unless, of course, this is common practice in the North East... since that's where most Floridians are from. :p
there is a lot of trash that comes down from the NE to get a fresh start.

 

Pacemaker

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Originally posted by: Ulfwald
Some of the bars I have gone to serve DDs coke and other non alcoholic drinks free. I asked one manager why he does this, and he stated that for every DD they keep happy, that is 2-4 people drinking a lot more. Plus it helps avoid lawsuits./
It's just good business to treat the DD well. Typically the DDs are friends who don't/can't drink for whatever reason (or the nice one who obstains for the night), and they will want to go to the bars that treat them well. They will not want to go to the ones who charge them 5 bucks a coke (had this happen to me) with no free refills, or try to get them to drink.
 

vi edit

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Originally posted by: Ulfwald
Some of the bars I have gone to serve DDs coke and other non alcoholic drinks free. I asked one manager why he does this, and he stated that for every DD they keep happy, that is 2-4 people drinking a lot more. Plus it helps avoid lawsuits./
I find that the bars that cater more to the bachelor/bachelorette parties typically have this policy. They'll provide free drinks to the DD of the group.
 

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