Dont Blame Me again by rahulbose



Who job is it really to realize if you or myself have had too much to drink? What we're
discussing is the simple fact if it is a bar's, bartender, or waiters' responsibility for their
customers actions once they leave. Some people believe so, like our State of Texas. The
question is whose respoonsibility really is it? I actually don't believe that it is no one
persons responsibility for how much one person drink, except for the people themselves.
The State on the other had believes and enforces thatit is the bar's, bartender, ot waiters'
responsibility. Personally, I don't think that there is and one around that knows me well
enough how mich it takes me to be drunk or intoxicated to where I may hurt others or
myself. To be truthful, at times I don't realize it myself until I actually get up from seat
and walk around for a while. So how can we hold others responsible for wat we do after
we do after we leave their site? I don't think it is fair; it is nearly impossible to spot
everybody that has been served to where you can tell if thy have dad too much. The legal
terms the State gives is " the provider (a person who sells or servers an alcoholic
beverage under authority of a license or permit) is responsible for the provision (the
person who comsumes the alcoholic beverage) for the individual be sold, served,
provided with an alcoholic beverage is abviously intoxicated to the extent that he
(provision) presents a clea danger to himself and others. The promblem is how do we
know? For example, there is a man that stands at 5'8 and weighs 160. Then you have
another man that stands at 6'3 and weighs 250. They both fo into a bar together and they
sit down at the bar and order Long Island Ice Tea's. Now the first thought that comes to
your mind is ,"I better slow the little guy down because this drink has 4 different liquors
and he'll probally try to keep up with his buddy?" Which dos happen they wait for each
other to finish and order another round together. Now the bartender notices that the little
guy is always waiting on the big fellow. So the bartender tries to slow them down, but
they say they are all right and he gives them their last drink. Then cuts them off, they
both leave together and I get a call that night. The big man had got in the car alone and
got on a major wreck. Later I found out that this man hadn't drunk an ounce of liquor in
almost a year. His buddy, on the other hand, is known at other bars as a big drinker. Now,
how am I supposed to know that? I only gave them 3 drinks in 45 minutes but you have
to take in consideration how long it takes for the liqour to actually hit or take affect of the
drinker. That even ranges from one person to another. The State does believe that there
are things you can do. If the state thinks that it is so easy to tell if someone is too
intoxicated, then they need to work a bar. There is a couple suggestions that they will
give you. The first thing that they tell you about is the "Double Back Law," which is
where you say that every drink you serve a certain person, you should watch the person
twice as long as it takes you to make the drink. Which basically means that if it takes you
two minutes to make a drink, you should keep your eyes on that person for about five
minutes before you give the person another drink. The reason behind this is so you can
observe the person before you give him another drink. The problem with this is, alcohol
does not affect a person in two minutes or three minutes, instead it takes at least 20 to 30
minutes to actually hit a person. Unless you are serving them shots, then it doesn't take a
brain to figure out 10 shots is the limit. Most people are not at a bar for more then a half
an hour or so. One of the other suggestions that is given is to feed them because it is
supposed to help slow their drinking down because they are suffering there face instead
of throwing drinks down. This would be a great idea. Usually it takes at least 15 minutes
to serve them their food. By that time the customer has already been there 20 to 25
minutes. Like I mentioned before they are already starting to feel it, along with the
drinking and eating with a buzz. That is the problem with these two suggestions, there are
too many things that can still go wrong along the way, but the State doesn't care. They
want to hold drink serves in general responsible for others actions. Do you want to be
responsible for me, especially when you are not around? I do truly do believe that you
wouldn't want to be responsible for what I did on Saturday night. Or would you? I think
that it is funny that our government and our parents raised us to take responsiblity for our
own actions and then they want to say, "But let's make an exception to this." It seems that
this shouldn't happen, but with our government it seens like, "We can do it, but you
can't." The mind grabber is you can't questions it. I wish that the State would stay on a
straight line. I really do believe that we shouldn't be responsible for someone else's
actions, but the State does, only in some situations though. The reason why I feel so
strong about this subject is because I was a bartender for almost 8 months at a sports bar
down on 6th street. I don't like the fact that I am responsible for some body that I really
don't know. Which brings the fact that I personally have a hard time telling if somebody
is drunk at my bar. The reason it was hard was because most of the people that came into
my bar were the average age of 30 to 55, and most were educated. They are referred to
other bartenders as "experienced drinkers." Most of these men and women always were
acting professional, not to mention most of the time with co-workers or clients. This
means that my clients were always acting on their best behavior. You could say my bar
was a higher-class bar than where more wealthy people came to, and could still act very
sober when suspected they weren't. That brings me to the point that they were usually
older. These men/women probably that I was serving have been drinking at bars for at
least 15 years all the way up to 30 - 40 years at bars, so they were pretty good at covering
it up because they know how to react to the liquor. These people are too hard to spot, so
how am I supposed to be responsible for them. At times, a regular customer would come
in and say that they had way too much to drink, and I couldn't tell, yet I would serve
some of them daily. I would ask because I basically kwew my regular's limit. They would
respond with things like "I didn't get to lunch today because I was too busy," or " I took
some medication because of the flu." Like I have mentioned before how am I suppose to
know these things. It is not like they have to give a resume before they come in every
time and you can't expect that. I totally disagree with the fact that bars, bartenders, and
waiters should be responsible for the people they have just served once they leave. There
are too many variable in drinking like height, weight, how often you drink, what you
drink, how fast, if you have eated lately, or simple if you are under medication. Maybe
someday the State will do the same thing they say. It truly does come down to these
simple facts.

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