May 25, 2007, - 12:57 pm

So, Big Brother Walks into a Wisconsin Bar . . .

By Debbie Schlussel
Unfortunately, it’s no joke when Big Brother visits a Wisconsin Bar.
On Monday, we’ll be remembering the soldiers who’ve given their lives for our freedoms. But in silly, piddling ways, our legislatures and other authorities are taking those freedoms away.
Take Ray Wendt, American Legion bar owner in Port Washington, Wisconsin. He’s been fined $172 for committing a crime. And you’ll never guess what the “crime” is. It’s not for serving underage drinkers or being open after state-regulated hours for serving alchohol.
Nope. Ray Wendt’s “crime” is that he used Miller Lite tap on a Coors Light keg.

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Big Brother Visited–and Ticketed–Ray Wendt’s Bar

Wendt doesn’t sell Coors Light on tap, but it was left over from a wedding. He tried putting the Coors Light handle on the tap but it wouldn’t fit so instead he told his customers what they were drinking.
And that, my friends, is the newest in crime in Wisconsin (and probably other states, where beer companies and distributors have coached legislators to make this law).
Remember, Big Brother enters your life–and your bar–in the strangest–and most stupid–ways. No way the state should dictate such minutiae to a bar owner trying to run his business. Big government is everywhere.
More from Milwaukee’s WTMJ:

“Yeah I was ticked off when I got this [ticket]. $172,” Wendt said. . . .
“What difference what kind of handle’s on it as long as the product is known to the consumer,” customer Thomas Mikorski said.
‘Were you telling your customers they were drinking Coors?” TODAY’S TMJ4 reporter Melissa McCrady asked. “That’s right. They knew they were drinking Coors,” Wendt replied.
Port Washington police are following the rules. They fined Wendt during a routine inspection for “beer tap dispensing different beer than indicated.” . . .
Wendt has fixed the problem. He’s considering fighting the ticket.

Our soldiers fight–and give their lives–for our freedoms, over there. Yet, over here, we’re giving out tickets regarding what particular beer comes out of which tap.

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7 Responses

As a former bartender I can say yes, these rules, like so many others enforced are silly and trite. But to connect it to Memorial Day and fallen soldiers is trivial. This should be a random post or rant about its own absurdity. Memorial Day should be reserved for real tributes about sacrifice, not lazily connected to such a pithy sidestory with no relevance.
NOT LAZY AT ALL. I HAVE STUFF I’LL BE POSTING FOR MEMORIAL DAY ON MEMORIAL DAY. YOU APPARENTLY DIDN’T GET MY POINT. IT IS, INDEED, RELATED. THEY ARE FIGHTING SO THAT WE ARE FREE. BUT WE ARE NOT SO FREE WITH CREEPING ENCROACHMENTS THAT WE ALLOW UPON OURSELVES, LIKE THIS. TODAY THIS, TOMORROW SOMETHING WORSE. IT’S A SLIPPERY SLOPE.
DEBBIE SCHLUSSEL

AlternativeThought on May 25, 2007 at 1:23 pm

Port Washington Wisconsin has bigger problems than beer taps. I think that is where the scumbag Dustin Diamond (Screech) lives. This is the man who recently sought to have the general public pay off his mortgage. Not even a real mortgage- it was a land contract.
*Note to self- don’t move to Port Washington, WI

MarySJ on May 25, 2007 at 1:57 pm

There’s only THREE brands of beer:
1. Cold.
2. Free.
3. Cold AND free.
and a very hearty Stout!
Are there beer trucks in the Sandbox? Oh, my bad, its that Islam thing…again.

Nuggler on May 25, 2007 at 2:29 pm

This is a story about a trivial matter, BUT it is not a trivial story. Trivial matters consume our legislators at all levels while real problems flourish. And if you do not know the list of real problems, it would be trivial pursuit to list them here.
Keep those guns blazing, Debbie Schlussel!!!
I’m sure you’ll memorialize our troops and veterans at the right time.

Happiness Pursuer on May 25, 2007 at 2:29 pm

Personally I don’t care what comes out of the tap. Well, I do but I don’t.
Alternative thoughtless, you did say FORMER barmaid, I mean tender?

John Cunningham on May 26, 2007 at 7:47 am

Typical out-of-control government. All they had to do was tell him to fix it, as if anybody cared, anyway.

steve ventry on May 26, 2007 at 2:13 pm

Well, absurdity trumps again. You got officers from a state surrouned by some of the largest muzzie institutions, MN,MI,and IL, with ‘santuary cities’, terroist cells God knows where, and they got to make sure a beer tap is kopacetic.
Good find Debbie. The cops were former a-kissers of the ICE Queen.

auspatriotman on May 28, 2007 at 1:19 am

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