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Old 01-03-2005, 02:18 PM   #1
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Just a bit of overview. I work in a restaurant and this law where no one under the age of 18 allowed to wait on a table with alcohol is really starting to get annoying. Michigan state law requires that no one under the age of 18 can wait on a table that has alcohol. In the past, they would wait on the table and someone over 18 would bring the beer out, but now, they can't even do that. If the table says they want something with alcohol, they are required to tell them that they cannot wait on them and someone who can will come out. They then have to basically avoid them like the plauge. They can't take their order, they can't enter their order into the computer, they can't cash them out, and they can't even talk to them. If someone from that table approaches them and asks a question they have to say they will have to get someone over to 18 to help them. I'm sorry, but this is just complete bullshit! I'm 19 (and so I have to go out there and wait tables all the time even though I am extremely busy doing other things.) and I don't have time to go out there all the time. Additionally, what are minors supposed to do now? There are getting to be fewer and fewer jobs out there that they can actually do! We have several who are wanting to quit now because last night for example there was one server who was there for FIVE hours making $2.65 an hour and didn't get a single table because every single one wanted alcohol. It was an extra $30 for me but still, I have MY OWN job to do let alone theirs on top of it!

I just think that this law is really stupid. I don't mind running abeer out to their tables, but come on, they can't even wait on them anymore! It'* not like they're going to drink the beer. (there'* no way they coudl without beeing seen.)

What are your thoughts about this law? It just seems totally rediculous to me. And now they are thinking about changing it to 21 instead of 18 now too!
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Sounds like overkill to me....
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In the UP of Michigan they don't even card.
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Its like that at the grocery stores here. When I purchases a case of beer, thre was a teenager(assuming 17) she had to call on an adult to ring up my pruchases. Annoying becuase the customer has to wait for the switch.
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They're trying to protect the children.

I guess you don't care about the children....



I "love" the modern "pretend it doesn't exist and it will go away" mentality. If you don't let "kids" sell alcohol, they won't know it exists. Even though it probably means deaing with it for 15 minutes...
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I didn't know that was a state law. I thought only certain counties did that. That'* pretty lame though. It'* not like the underage waiter is going to drink that stuff. Although you live on the west side of the state, and there are a lot of dry counties out around there. They don't like alcohol too much, so I can see why it is enforced over there.
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Custom88, I know that this law is very redundant. We keep talking about it at school.
And yes, It might get even tougher.

But here'* the thing: here in Michigan you can rarely find public transportation. Every person who has a job or goes to school has to find a way to get there. And guess what, just think of all the thousands of new young drivers we get each year. Not to mention when these drivers go to birthday parties, homecomings, proms, and all that kind of stuff. The law is just trying to make the roads safer for you and the rest of us by being tougher on people who drink. Me myself, I don't drink (I have enough trouble with my insurance company because of the accident).

I just had a friend tell me that over the holidays, he got drunk and destroyed the pistons of the engine of his Ford Focus.

What I'm saying is, just bear with it until you get a little older. It'* too bad for us teenagers, but hey! --- better safe than sorry!



By the way, -> your Buick Riviera looks real nice!
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Sounds like overkill to me....
YEP! YEP!! YEP !!!
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If they want to prevent underage alcohol consumptiom, maybe they should force minors to sell it. After they spend enough time around obnoxious drunks, they won't touch a drop of alcohol for the rest of thier life!!
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I think the idea behind the law is to hopefully have more responsible people dealing with alcohol. I have been serving drinks since I turned 18 where I work. It'* a HUGE responsibility. Even now (this has been over a year ago since I started), I card everyong who looks under about 35-maybe it'* annoying, but I like my job and would like to keep it. It'* in the business'* best interest to have adults serving for them, their liquor license and income is on the line and they are trusting it to the person who is serving drinks for them. I honestly wouldn't have wanted that responsiblity two years ago...and, even though some 18 years old and older aren't even responsible enough, it'* a resonable age.

Just my thoughts...
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