i just want to maintain that I worked as a bartender/server in 4 popular restaurants downtown for a collective of 6 years. My points have validity behind them, and whether you think they are callous is not my problem. I am tired of people that work in the food and bev industry pretending like they do not drink just as much if not more than the average happy hour goer, not to mention drive home at a late hour when they are drunk and tired which is an awful combination. I stand by my comments and challenge Atlantis0330 to prove me wrong.
Adam made his decision, and he was a manager, who was there to tell him he could not drink? He was the one in charge, Neighborhood Dining Group can not be held accountable for a decision an individual made. I understand the family's efforts to make an example of this situation, but choose another avenue.
Furthermore, its too bad that they could not test Mr. Miller's blood alcohol level, I am sure they would have found that he was just as intoxicated if not more intoxicated than Mr. Burnell. There is a problem with people in the food and beverage industry drinking too much. You are putting a bunch of young people in a building with copious amounts of alcohol and expecting them to not drink it? It's like putting a bunch of dogs in a room full of bacon and expecting them not to eat it. People over estimate the maturity levels of twenty somethings, times are changing, children are dependent on their parents far longer than they were forty years ago, and parents encourage dependency (paying cell phone bills, rent, car payments). This dependency is widening the gap between adolescence and adulthood. The issue here is having better supervision over a gaggle of twenty somethings around a bar full of booze, and it's unfortunate that is took a person in the industry loosing their life for people to realize this.
People are killed as a result of drinking and driving everyday. I have lost an aunt and two uncles to the practice. One of the uncles had his life taken in his late twenties after a drunk driver hit him while he was riding his bicycle and the individual left the scene of the crime. My family has been tortured by the loss of these individuals for many years, this is not news. What about all the other people that have lost their lives as a result of drinking and driving? What is so different about Mr. Miller? We live in a city full of people that love to drink and create a plethora of events centered around the ritual so they have an excuse to do it in excess. Take a walk around the street of our city at 2am on a weekend evening. As all the people are spilling out of bars, pouring themselves into cars, and driving themselves home. Tell me I am wrong about this.
If you gathered the entire City of Charleston, and asked the question, "Have you ever in your life-time operated a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol?" almost every single person would raise their hand. A wise man once told me when you point fingers four more are pointing right back at you.
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