Bartender Calls Cops on Drunk Driver & Bar Fires Her for It

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barIf you've never had a bad boss, count yourself lucky. Most of us have had to deal with some serious creeps over the years. Twyla DeVito just got fired by one. The bartender called the cops on a drunk who was climbing in his car to drive off into the night, and her boss decided to can her for it.

Yeah, you read that right. A bartender was fired for protecting average citizens from a drunk driver. How does that happen, you ask?

Turns out the bar where Twyla worked is one that cares more about the almighty dollar than they do safety. And you don't have to take her word for that. A fired employee might be prone to shoot off at the mouth.

But just get a load of what Mic Hubbard, a commander at the American Legion Post in Shelby, Ohio, where Twyla was serving up drinks, had to say:

If every patron who comes in here has to worry about the cops waiting for them when they leave, the place would be empty.

Was that as painful for you to read as it was for me?

I wonder if Mic Hubbard would like to repeat that to the families of the 211 children killed in 2010 (latest statistics available) in drunk driving accidents? How about to the families of the 27 Americans who die every day in a drunk driving crash?

When Twyla DeVito called the cops, they showed up. They tested the patron and ended up arresting him because they say he blew a .167 on the Breathalyzer. That's twice the legal limit in Ohio. That's not just a little buzzed. That's blotto.

And this boss apparently cares more about that guy, who was allegedly climbing behind the wheel of a motor vehicle than he does those kids, those families.

Angry yet? I'm not angry. I'm furious.

The attitude that justifies Twyla DeVito losing her job is an attitude that gets people killed. It's backward and makes assumptions about people's motives that are sad and, frankly, not based in fact.

I live in the country. Cops in these parts don't have as much to do as they would in a big city. So they're known to sit outside the bars to catch the drunks trying to drive.

Does it keep people from going to those establishments? Of course not. Bars do a brisk business in these parts because, well, it's the country and there isn't much else to do.

And as a mother, as a woman who drives the roads in this community, I thank goodness the cops are there doing their jobs.

In case you're wondering, I'm no teetotaler. I like a glass of wine now and again. But like millions of other Americans, I enjoy it with a side of common sense. I don't drink past the point of being safe to drive, and if I do, you had better believe I'm calling someone to pick me up.

I want to know other people are safe. And I want to know I'm safe!

That's not going to happen if I drive drunk or if the other patrons are driving drunk. So you'd better believe I'd be happy with a bartender calling the cops on some drunken creep who thinks he should put my life at risk. In fact, I'd be more than willing to head back to that establishment.

A bar that puts the almighty dollar ahead of the life of my child, on the other hand? I'd be petitioning to put that place out of business. Or writing a blog post asking for the same ...

Whose side are you on in this case?


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Zenia6 Zenia6

Appalling. Had she not prevented him from driving she could have been held responsible by law if he was in an accident. She needs to be given her job back.

Melan... MelanieJK

In this state,   if the guy had an accident both the bartender and the bar could be charged if they let him drive away drunk.     Bartenders are required to stop serving OR take the keys of anyone too drunk to drive.    


Carme... Carmen8706

If there's a petition to put the asshole out of business, I'll sign it.

LuvMy... LuvMyDandD

Agree Melanie. Waitressing/bartending 101 here in Michigan is that YOU are the responsible party if you are serving the drinks. Breaking that rule here is the only way you would be fired. The owner of this bar only called more attention to his bar by firing her and making this a national story. Here he would lose his alcohol license for this nonsense. I hope she finds a better job where they follow laws and the boss isn't an asshole.

LuvMy... LuvMyDandD

Agree on the petition, if anyone knows if there is one, please post it here I would also sign.

mojoe... mojoe12776

Boycott that asshole!! What a jerk!!! screw his dollar.

amand... amandabananda

Same as other posts, here in Ontario (Canada), the bar would be responsible if anything were to happen.  The same rule applies if I have a party at my house where someone drank too much, got behind the wheel and caused an accident.  I would be held responsible.  Ohio needs to change their laws about this.

cleo015 cleo015

That is Ohio law, or at least it was a decade ago when I bartended here..

And talk about unethical...

Anna Potts


wamom223 wamom223

The owner shouldn't have fired her for calling the cops but he was within his rights to fire her for serving the man.  If you read the original story she admits the man was hammered before she got there and then she served him one drink and then tried to talk him into slowing down.  I've worked in that industry and that isn't how it works.  If the customer is hammered you don't serve them anything else with alcohol in it and its a good idea to suggest some water or coffee.  This owner is an idiot because he is worried about the wrong thing here.

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