New Jersey bars filled premium liquor bottles with cheap booze, authorities say
TRENTON, N.J. – Twenty-nine bars and restaurants, nearly half of them TGI Fridays, filled premium brand liquor bottles with lower-quality booze and sold it to patrons who thought they were buying the good stuff, authorities said Wednesday.Now, personally, I couldn't care less. If people can't tell the difference; if their own measure of quality is what the label looks like or how much extra they pay for the "good stuff", then they get exactly what they deserve. I mean, hell, they're in a TGIFridays, for cryin' out loud. You expect a top-shelf drink from a chain? Really? In New Jersey of all places?
A yearlong investigation by the state Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control, dubbed Operation Swill, found that the establishments had swapped out the good liquor in an effort to fool customers and increase profits.
Honestly, I don't know what to think about what these bars should be charged with. Preying on stupid people? If no one caught on - and remember, the sting ran for an entire year here - what difference does it make? Obviously not enough people knew enough or cared to make a difference. I can understand publicizing it - there's still some shame, plus now anyone that orders a "premium" drink in a friggin' TGIFridays has no one to blame but themselves.
But still - out of all the things currently going on and going wrong in our society, TGI-effing-Fridays using Smirnoff instead of Stoli ranks right around dead last on my giveashit-o-meter...
That is all.