APPLETON, Wis. (WFRV) – Alderman Michael Smith says bartenders drinking on the job have caused Appleton too much trouble.
“There was one where they got called and the bartender got into a fight or an altercation with a customer,” Smith said. “There was another one where they walked in and the bartender was mouthing their words. Another where the bartender was after hours at the bar with people.
So he’s proposing a new ordinance allowing police to breathalyzer intoxicated bartenders if they’re called into the business.
“If they walk into an establishment and see a bartender acting a little awry, they can demand a breath test by a Wisconsin-approved system,” Smith said.
He said if a bartender goes over the legal limit, they should probably be sent home.
Smith said: “If they’re really not in good shape, they could possibly close the establishment temporarily and try to contact the owner or get some other relief because this bartender is not able to do his job. .”
This resolution is based on a resolution already in place in the town of Neenah, Mayor Dean Kaufert said the only concern was how it would be enforced.
“They must have a reason,” Kaufert said. “They have to have probable cause for them to use that order, so at Neenah we haven’t had that problem.”
Smith said this order will protect business owners and increase community safety.