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New York Restaurant Dictates How Many Drinks Parents Can Consume On Site

America’s greatest gift to the world has certainly been the resounding freedom that our citizens share, but Nanny State ideals are threatening to curb those liberties.

In this post-9/11 world, safety is rightfully near the top of America’s priority list.  Our nation is certainly a target for evildoers, in all likelihood due to those freedoms that we so righteously exercise, causing Americans to maintain a constant, subconscious vigilance during even our most mundane of tasks.  This is no way impedes our freedom, rather, it reminds us just how lucky we are to live in the greatest nation in the history of modern society.

Some, however, would like to see the U.S. give up some of that liberty in the pursuit of extreme safety.  Of course, there is the famous Benjamin Franklin quote on the subject that anyone can reference if the need arises, but the concept is much simpler than his set of words:  Freedom exists first, safety comes second.  That’s why one bar in New York is turning heads with their new one-drink policy for parents.

“Peddlers Bar and Bistro in Clifton Park, NY, said they have a one limit drink rule enforced to customers that are driving with a child or children in the car after dining at the establishment, according to WKBN.

“Melisa Gravelle, the general manager of the restaurant, said the establishment enforced the rule as it prepared for the summer.

“’We love children,’ Gravelle told WKBN. ‘Everybody loves children and children don’t have a voice.’

“Gravelle warned that those who do not abide by the rule would be asked to go.

“’They (servers) do get berated at the tables and some come back very upset,’ Gravelle said. ‘The manager go to the table and they explain we’re not picking on parents, it’s just something that we feel in our hearts is something that we can do in order to help.’”

While the sentiment behind the policy is certainly warranted, many believe that the restaurant is going too far.

The controversial policy plays upon the worry that some establishments are coddling adults who are free to recreate in any way that they see fit.  Of course, no one is condoning drinking and driving, but taking such a rigorous stand on an issue such as this could lead Peddlers to lose a good chunk of business, not only from the drinking crowd, but also those who believe that personal choices should remain personal.

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