Milton ordinance would limit bartenders' consumption

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Neil Johnson
Tuesday, July 2, 2013

MILTON--If you’re a bartender too drunk to lift your head off the bar, you probably shouldn’t be serving alcohol to patrons. At least that’s the idea the city of Milton and its police department are proposing.

Under a proposed ordinance set to be considered by the Milton City Council tonight, licensed bartenders would be prohibited from being intoxicated while at work serving alcohol.

Milton’s ordinance would not prohibit bartenders from drinking alcohol at work, only while on duty. The ordinance would limit bartenders to a blood-alcohol level of 0.08, the state’s legal threshold for driving, according to the draft ordinance.

Milton city officials say the proposed rule stems from a recent incident at a tavern in the city’s east side Merchant Row business district. A patron reported a bartender was passing out behind the bar while on the job, according to a city memo on the proposed ordinance.

Police arrested the bartender for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, according to a city memo. The woman registered a 0.40 blood-alcohol level, which is five times the state’s legal limit to drive. The woman told police she was breaking no laws by being intoxicated while at work at the bar.

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Last updated: 8:25 am Monday, July 29, 2013

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