It’s Happy Hour Somewhere
You have had a long day at work. The phone has been ringing off the hook all day from people who you don’t know placing complaints for things that you have no control over. It’s four o’clock and you loosen your tie and think about how your are going to release that frustration. You call your coworkers and or friends and say let’s meet up at the local bar/restaurant for a quick one. This goes on somewhere everyday. Those who have “normal” jobs start arriving for that cold beer or mixed drink. Many patrons will act sensible and not drink too much but there will be those who would take on too much then they can handle.
Before you look at your watch and consider how you will release your stress you might want to consider a few things when you go to the bar. Some trivial, yet happens and some that you may not have known.
First thing you must have a valid identification to purchase alcohol in this state. Let’s emphasise “valid”. It must be current not expired, and the picture must be you and not your sister. Be prepared to show your id. There have been times when a patron would get all hissy when they are asked for identification. These are the ones that do not carry one and will say I am over 21. There will be times where the grandmother will vouch for you that you are 21. The first question that may pop in one’s mind is that how did you drive there without and license? Hmmmm. Just remember the establishment has and obligation to follow the law that is written or there will be a chance that they may lose their license. There are undercover operations that happen periodically where a patron who looks under the age and try to purchase alcohol just to check if the server checks for identification. If the server fails then the server will be arrested and possibly fined (around 5,000 dollars in most cities or counties. The manager will be fined as well for not enforceing this procedure with the server and possibly the establishment may lose their license for a period of time.
There is a real life story of an establishment in the Riverside County area where a bartender served a minor alcohol with out checking for identification. This person drove off and killed himself in a solo accident. The police found a receipt in the personal belongings and also determined that this person was under the legal age and arrested the bartender and then closed the bar down for thirty days. Just think how much the owner lost in revenue. 1,500 dollars a day times thirty days plus the fines.
So if the server asked to show them your identification be a nice person and just do it. Most places will have policies that state if you look under 35 then you will be asked for identification. There is a gas station that extended that to 55.
Also, when you go out to drink be aware of how much you are drinking. A body can only absorb a certain amount per hour. The more we drink the more we lose our inhibitions and start talking loud, profanity will be flowing. The person next to you will become attractive. If the establishment has any respect the manager will approach you to tell you that you are cut off. In many cases the manager has been trained to identify those who have had too much. Listen to the manager with respect. The manager is ultimately responsible for your well being. In the state of California if you cause bodily harm to someone by driving under the influence the person can not only sue you but they can have a civil suit against that served you too much. It is almost better to just drink at home. Alot cheaper and at least you will know where you will pass out.
So folks take this into consideration; restaurant/bar operators want your money but they do not want to be responsible when you have had too much to drink. Know what your limit is. If you are told by a manager that you are cut off thank the manager for noticing and ask for a cab.
Thank you for reading and hopefully you enjoyed, as with everything that is written by myself there is some sarcasim and humor but it does come from the heart. If you would like to leave any comments or experiences to share they are appreciated.