Friday, May 24, 2013

Top Shelf My Behind...

A whole bunch of people sent me this story. LMMFAO.

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.

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.
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?

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.

11 comments:

libertyman said...

Still, stealing is stealing. But hey, no one will take the blame for it.
A new perspective though on pleading the fifth.
(Sorry)

Dave H said...

Good one, libertyman.

Part of the problem is that some of the bars (not any Fridays that I'm aware of) are accused of adding food coloring to rubbing alcohol and pawning it off as scotch. That goes beyond fraud. It ranks up there with assault.

Armed Texan said...

My lord, if you can't tell the difference between scotch (even bad scotch) and rubbing alcohol, you shouldn't be out in public without your court appointed guardian.

On the other hand, I have been at a wing place (big chain with black and yellow signs) that tried to pass off crappy gin and/or vermouth to me once. I ordered a martini with Bombay (which they assured me they had) and what they gave me had a sweet taste to it. I sent it back twice before I told them to just keep the drink and give me water. Of course, I was drinking for the flavor while many drink vodka, gin, and the like to get hammered.

AndyN said...

My first reaction was the same as yours - if you can't tell the difference between rubbing alcohol and top shelf bourbon, why should anybody else care what you're willing to drink. If you read the whole article though, you'll see that the investigation was initiated by consumer complaints. Apparently somebody could tell the difference.

Angus McThag said...

So, fraud is OK as long it's premium liquor and served at a TGIF in NJ?

Is that what you're saying Jay?

I just want to be sure you're saying what it seems you're saying.

Anonymous said...

TGIF - Thank God Its Fake

Sorry, if you are charging top shelf prices, the consumer deserves top shelf product. And top shelf at the local Walgreens in the "owies" aisle doesn't count.

Rubbing alcohol can do some nasty stuff and it is unsafe to drink in mass quantities.

Joseph in IL

Mopar said...

PS: Only NJ got nabbed, but the same franchise company owns 70 TGIF Fridays and a bunch of hotels and Wendy's all over the country. If they are cheating their NJ customers on booze, chances are good they are cheating customers elsewhere and on other things as well.

Ed said...

Publish a list of what was found and where, and most consumers should act appropriately.

DaddyBear said...

Pretty sure adulterating bourbon is a hanging offense around here. If I'm paying NJ prices for a good glass of Woodford and they serve me rotgut, I want a head on a lance. Seriously, what y'all pay for good booze on the east coast is a crime all by itself, but to pay it and get crap brings it to a whole new level.

lelnet said...

If you can't tell ethanol from isopropanol by taste and smell, it's time to stop drinking. At least for the day, if not for good.

Substituting cheap liquor for expensive liquor is one thing, but substituting another alcohol altogether could easily get people killed.

Jay G said...

*sigh*

I would HOPE it would go without saying that these restaurants should be prosecuted for fraud (and assault in cases where they substituted rubbing alcohol). I really didn't think I had to say that.

I am by no means an alcohol snob - on many occasions as a poor college student I drank vodka out of a plastic jug, for crying out loud - but I can tell the difference between $10/jug Orloff and $30/750mL Stoli...

I agree, too; publish all the restaurants and let shame, the internet, and capitalism do what it does best and punish the offenders in the free market...