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A fellow Laredoan recently expressed, via a letter to the editor, that bar owners should be held accountable when deciding whom to serve alcohol at their business(es). Mr. Jesus Cadena wants bar owners to be taken to court if necessary whenever one of their
Following is an excerpt of Mr. Cadena's letter along with a couple of reader responses. With a large numbers of WBCA events relying on alcohol to bring out the natives, Laredo has an unfortunate abundance of drunk drivers as it is.
Letter to the LMT Editor
Friends and I over-imbibed at one time or another, having two drinks in front of us besides the one in our hand. Many people could have literally crawled out of there, including some of us, but I will take the fifth on that. It would have been just a matter of time before getting caught.
How can people worry about secondhand smoke in a bar when, in essence, the real killer is in your hands? Smoking might take years to kill you. By drinking for three hours straight, the fuse has been lit, and you become a time bomb and a potential killer on the highway.
If they don’t stop after the second drink, many drinkers will go to the third, which might turn into seven or eight. That is when you either believe you can walk on water or crawl out of the bar. The bottom line is that a club is open to make money; otherwise, why stay open?
Clubs don’t pretend to be drinker-friendly bars, either. Coming out of a bar after drinking too much, your faculties are gradually deteriorating to the point where controlling a vehicle is not within your power. You become a time bomb on the highway with a killing instrument in your hands.
Bar owners should be judged side by side in court with a person accused of DWI or of causing a death after leaving their bars.The drinker is guilty for not exercising control in drinking and the bar for being cognizant of the excessive drinking and continuing to serve.
Prometheus responds"Mr. Cadena, I have seen bartenders, in Laredo, refuse to serve some customers because they visibly had too much. I disagree with you and your stance that owners of clubs should be held accountable for the action of drunken customers when they leave the bar. This logic is the equal of the parents of adults who comit crimes being on trial with their adult sons and daughters and receiving punishment as well because they raised them, so they must share some fault for their childrens' shortcomings as adults. Ridiculous! There is such a thing as personal responsibility, more people need to exercise it; not blame their lack of it on some person trying to earn some cash serving drinks. "
United Longhorn responds" Prometheus how can they be responsible if they're drunk? "