Monday, January 15, 2007

A cheap shot indeed

So get this, a woman gets drunk, goes swimming in the La Crosse river and then blames the bar responsible for her intoxication.

Yeah, that seems logical. Not to mention, she must be credible with that slur.

What's better is that she was drinking at a bar named Cheapshots.

I'm sure "Lisa the Lush" went to Cheapshots for the ambiance.

Cheapshots must be a typical college bar with Fergalicious playing too loud and sales too abreviated with rounds that a bartender can't identify the drunk unless it's painfully obvious.

The binge drinking culture isn't OK and the eight La Crosse drownings since 1998 are serious, but the blame should rest soley on "Lisa the Lush" and her swimming subordinates.

Let's hope the ruling judge puts the responsibility on the individual. If not, shot glasses might include labels like: Contents impare your judgement and make you want to go swimming.

The story is pasted below from the Star Tribune ...

LaCrosse bar owners protest citations on word of drunken patrons

LA CROSSE, Wis. — As police crack down on binge drinking, some bar owners say they're being unfairly cited when drunken individuals inaccurately finger their establishment as the place where the excessive alcohol was served.

Scott Kundy, the owner of Cheapshots in downtown La Crosse, received a citation Jan. 7 after a drunken 22-year-old woman was found drenched and barefoot after climbing out of the La Crosse River. The woman was not cited but Kundy received a $285 ticket for serving an intoxicated person after the woman told police she drank at his bar.

"It's not right. I didn't do anything wrong and did everything by the book," Kundy said. "I don't even remember her. It's crazy."

State law prohibits serving an intoxicated or near-intoxicated person. Municipal Judge Dennis Marcou said he wants both bartenders and bar owners cited so he can assess responsibility in court.

La Crosse police handed out four such citations in 2006. But authorities are stepping up enforcement after eight college-age men drowned in area rivers since 1997.

It's an accepted practice to cite bar owners and servers based on an intoxicated person's word and a follow-up investigation, said Police Chief Ed Kondracki.

"We generally ask that question, 'Where have you been drinking? Who served you?' When an individual is able to say where they were, and able to describe the bartender, a citation may be issued," Kondracki said.

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