Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Drinking while up the duff, anyone?

Interesting to read about that pregnant woman who was thrown out of a pub when staff spotted her sipping beer.
Caroline Williams, 26, who is 23 weeks pregnant, said she felt "angry and humiliated" after being told to leave the Sussex Cricketer pub in Hove at the weekend.
She had drunk one pint of lager already when the manageress refused to serve her friend another half pint, also meant for Caroline.
The group of friends left it at that and went to sit down again - but then a beady eyed staff member spotted Caroline taking a crafty sip from her mate's glass and that was it.
She was man handled out of the bar like a common drunk. Which must have made an engaging spectacle for onlookers.
"I don't think that one person should have the right to impose their views on everybody else," said Caroline - who has correctly pointed out that drinking while pregnant is not at the moment in any way illegal.
Now you might have your views about whether this woman was irresponsible to ignore current UK guidelines, which say it's best to drink no alcohol at all while pregnant due to possible harmful effects on the foetus.
But the last time I looked, it should not be up to pub staff to become self made guardians of this advice.
Indeed, if pub workers do consider the health and well being of their punters to be so very important, they'd better start pointing out that drinking alcohol can be detrimental to one's health every time someone asks for a pint. Even if they're not up the duff.
But the thing that struck me as particular hilarious about Caroline Williams' story is the way she was whining on about "never being so humiliated in her life" etc.
So what does she do after this terrible incident?
Legs it to the papers with her story and has her photo splashed all over the news detailing every excruciating detail.
Yes, dear. Very humiliating.


butterflywings said...

Um. Yes. It is humiliating.

Anonymous said...

It's the nanny state gone mad I tell you.

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