Doesn't it piss you off when a bartender puts a criminally low amount of liquor in your drink? D.C. is making sure that doesn't happen anymore, otherwise bars could face hefty fines.
According to the Washington Post, several bars along H Street in Northeast D.C. were visited by the D.C. Office of Weights and Measures last week, which controls the measure of goods. Establishments were told that if they shorted customers on liquor, they'd be subject to fines of up to $2,000. They clearly aren't playing any games:
Restaurant and bar owners along the H Street Corridor in Northeast Washington said they were caught off guard when investigators from the District’s Office of Weights & Measures stopped by their establishments, a case of beakers in hand, to measure beer, wine and liquor pourings on Feb. 9.
The Big Board, Granville Moore’s and Boundary Road were among the restaurants visited. “I’ve been in this industry for 18 years, and I’ve never seen anything like this,” said one restaurant owner who spoke on the condition of anonymity so as not to provoke inspectors. “They were here for about an hour and a half measuring our drinks and pitchers.”
Spokesman Helder Gil of the Department of Regulatory and Consumer Affairs says that the rules regarding the proper size of drinks have been available for years. As for the H Street visits, he says they were simply to educate establishments.
Oh, and if any bartenders opt for measuring devices so that their liquor levels are right and exact, they have to be registered. Otherwise, they could be hit with $2,000 fines as well.
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