You There! Step Away From The Root Beer!

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I don't know which part is sillier. A police department raiding a root beer "kegger" and making more than 90 kids take Breathalyzer tests to prove they had been drinking the soft drink or the excuses by the police department when they had to admit that they had done so.

Dustin Zebro, 18, said he staged the party after friends at D.C. Everest High School got suspended from sports because of pictures showing them drinking from red cups.

The root-beer kegger was "to kind of make fun of the school," he said. "They assumed there was beer in the cups. We just wanted to have some root beer in red cups and just make it look like a party, but there actually wasn't any alcohol."…..

……"It was a tremendous waste of time and manpower, but we still had a job to do, and our officers did it," (police chief Daniel)Joling said. "If one kid had come there, even hadn't drank there, but had come there and had been drinking and had left and crashed and burned, then what would the sentiment be? Why didn't the police check everybody out?"

Admittedly, the police had cause to respond to a complaint about cars blocking the road, but it seems a bit of a reach to begin breath testing the people involved since, presumably, the police can tell the difference between root beer and beer. One look at the keg should have simply put the matter to rest. The police appear to have been more than a bit overzealous in this case. I'm also wondering what actual authority the police had to demand breath tests given the situation. Want to bet there is a lawsuit (or a number of them) coming over this? 

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