Friday, May 24, 2013

I'm skeptical about this New Jersey/TGI Fridays liquor scam story

Yesterday a couple of people told me about this news story from New Jersey that's being referred to as "Operation Swill."  Apparently 29 bars (13 of them TGI Fridays) in the Garden State have recently been discovered to be replacing the liquor in their bottles with something other than the proper booze.  This NY Times article says the state ABC (Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control) collected 150 samples from 63 bars suspected of scamming people, 30 of which were not what they were supposed to be.

I have worked in a lot of bars in my day, and as far as I know, none of them have ever put anything else in the bottles.  But that isn't the part of the story that's hard for me to believe.  The thing I'm skeptical about is that all the reports I've read covering this have led with the fact that one bar supposedly sold a scotch that was actually just "rubbing alcohol and food coloring."

I need hear more about this; I want to know what bar it was, and how they pulled it off.  I'd like to see all the details of the ABC's report, and I want an interview with the perpetrators.  Because getting away with selling rubbing alcohol as scotch just seems impossible.

I'm not a scotch guy.  It's one of my least favorite types of liquor.  But I can still say with 100% certainty that there is absolutely no way anyone could put a glass of rubbing alcohol in front of me and sell it as scotch.  Logic would dictate that those who do like scotch should be even less inclined to be duped.  On the other hand, I can't say I really know anything about people who would order a "well" scotch at a TGI Fridays in Jersey...


No comments:

Post a Comment

Back to homepage