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(WINK Fort Myers)   So you buy a beer at a bar... mingle around for awhile, then walk to an art gallery across the street carrying said beer. Police threaten to arrest: C) The Bartender behind the bar   ( divider line
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2013-03-01 02:41:14 PM  
4 votes:

downstairs: CruiserTwelve: but serving drinks in a plastic cup would seem to suggest that they intended for the drink to be removed.

Depends.  Most dive bars down here serve everything in plastic cups.  Not because it is, in fact, legal to walk out with said drink... but more because its cheap, and customers aren't really expecting anything fancy.

And also because it's pretty hard to glass somebody with a plastic cup
2013-03-01 03:33:41 PM  
3 votes:
Seems to me that the cop commited  a crime by taking the beer off the premises.
2013-03-01 03:20:38 PM  
2 votes:

CruiserTwelve: but serving drinks in a plastic cup would seem to suggest that they intended for the drink to be removed.

Or they got tired of sweeping up glass.
2013-03-01 05:12:07 PM  
1 vote:

ReverendJynxed: TheMega: Article neglects to state how the bartenders/waitresses/etc.. are supposed to stop people from carrying a drink away from the bar.  Grab a hold of someone and be charged with assault??

No you inform them they aren't to do it and when they do you call the police and cover your ass.

The cops where I live would be really pissed off if we called them for every misdemeanor infraction we witnessed on a nightly basis...
2013-03-01 04:09:52 PM  
1 vote:
If police are going to continue to repeat the mantra, 'we are just enforcing the law', and don't recognize their positions as either taxmen in the times of Christ looking to trick people out of money or just be bullies because they can be, then they can't be shocked when they become hated for what they do.

Feel free to keep on hiding behind mostly hidden discussion boards and act offended when the percentage of the population that just does not rely on the local new for their information sees you as the barrel of bad apples you have become.   When you are see as lawful evil organization, kicking out members that cross the blue line because they give a fark about people and not just other members of the club.

After all, those other groups that trash cops are just a bunch of cop haters that don't get it, right.  It's a tough job.
2013-03-01 03:54:25 PM  
1 vote:
If the supposed law the bartender broke was allowing the cop to do something illegal, shouldn't the cop be arrested for doing that illegal thing? It seems like if the cop can't be arrested for breaking the open container law, it's absurd to arrest the bartender for "allowing" it.

This is nothing more than police intimidation in lieu of actually doing their jobs and enforcing the law. They'd rather make the bartender do their job as well as her own, so they threatened her wih BS charges they knew they couldn't make stick.
2013-03-01 03:41:32 PM  
1 vote:

AugieDoggyDaddy: Seems to me that the cop commited  a crime by taking the beer off the premises.

You sound like you're resisting arrest.
2013-03-01 03:31:17 PM  
1 vote:
"You broke the law!"
"What law did I break?"
"But... what specific law... did I break?"
"I'm telling you, that's the law!"
"You are not the law, you are the enforcer of the law."
"You're under arrest."
"What for?"
2013-03-01 03:26:26 PM  
1 vote:
So surprised this isn't a story from Utah, because this very thing has happened. Total setup, Liquor Enforcement Officer goes into a bar, stands by the door with a drink, waits until it is a madhouse at the door, hides the beer in his jacket, and walks out. Bonus: They come back with something like a 30-day license suspension for the entire establishment.
2013-03-01 02:54:49 PM  
1 vote:
You can carry a gun, but that damned beer is DANGEROUS
2013-03-01 02:02:29 PM  
1 vote:
YAY!  Auto-play!

Anyway,  so the bartenders are supposed to babysit every farking customer that walks in?  What if the bar is packed?  How can one person keep an eye on everyone in the bar??
2013-03-01 02:00:19 PM  
1 vote:

So happy I live in a city where carrying a to-go cup of beer/wine/liquor is perfectly legal.
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