As a bartender and cocktail waitress, part of my job is cutting people off. If I think they have had one too many, it’s not only a moral obligation, but a legal one. If I serve a beer to an obviously intoxicated individual and that person gets hit by a car walking home, or worse, gets behind the wheel of a car, the restaurant and myself could be be held legally accountable.
So why can I serve a bacon cheeseburger with extra ranch and mayo to a morbidly obese person without any repercussion?
Doesn’t that make me an enabler??
You may be thinking, well a drunk person poses a danger to himself and society, while the obese person doesn’t harm anyone.
Or do they?
What if I serve the bacon cheeseburger and this person has a heart attack? Could I still be sued?
In addition, it’s my hard earned tax dollars** that will pay for this persons quadruple bypass surgery and diabetes medication.
People may say, “Refusing service to obese people is discrimination.”
Yeah….so is refusing to serve a drunk person. I’m discriminating against drunk people.
So is refusing service to the guy not wearing shoes, even though he can’t afford them. I’m discriminating against the poor.
So is refusing service to the family whose kids are running around, screaming, and throwing things in the restaurant. I’m discriminating against families who can’t handle their children.
But it’s a persons right to decide what they want to eat.
And I agree completely. However, smoking was banned in most restaurants in the U.S. and Europe. Smoking is a personal decision too. When your personal decisions start to affect the people around you (**see MY TAX DOLLARS) it can be regulated.
As a bartender, I’m technically a drug dealer. I make a living off selling a drug (alcohol) that could be lethal. We’re taught how to regulate a persons alcohol intake and are prepped on obvious signs of intoxication (blood shot eyes, slurred speech, motor control problems, being a dumb ass.)
But I have never been trained on a person’s food intake. Food, just like alcohol, can be lethal.
But if you don’t serve them, they’ll just go somewhere else.
Fine. Go somewhere else. Walk (if you can) down the street and eat a your bacon burger.
This “they’ll just so somewhere else” argument is dumb. If I cut someone off and they go to a bar across the street and get a drink, fine. It’s out of my hands.
I did my job to the best of my ability. If a person continues to make a bad decision after I’ve done my job, so be it.
What would the criteria be for refusing service?
I’m not a nutritionist, just a waitress tired of watching people kill themselves in front of me. My guess would be some sort of BMI (body mass index) test.
Yep. If you look morbidly obese, you’ll get on a scale and have you’re height measured.
So is dying at 35 from a heart attack because you’re morbidly obese.