Thanks to slate for the link.
Texas is busting people for "public intoxication" in bars. Undercover agents have "infiltrated" 36 bars and arrested 30 drinkers. Explanations from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission:
1) We're doing it to stop drinkers before they get in a car.
2) Even if they're not going to get in a car, maybe they'll "walk out into traffic and get run over."
3) Or maybe they'll "jump off of balconies trying to reach a swimming pool and miss."
4) Anyway, bars aren't exempt from laws against public intoxication.
Friday, March 24, 2006