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Rubbing alcohol, dirty water
found in some N.J. bar drinks

Philadelphia Inquirer, by Barbara Boyer

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Posted By:Calvinesq, 5/24/2013 12:38:00 PM

Jim Beam, Jose Cuervo, and Johnny Walker are in the pokey. State investigators confiscated 1,000 open bottles from 29 bars and restaurants across the state to see whether the contents were premium brands or substituted cheap booze - or worse - and being sold as the good stuff. On Thursday, state officials released new details of a yearlong investigation, "Operation Swill," that found rubbing alcohol, dirty water, and food coloring in a few cocktails sold as premium drinks. "This alleged scheme is a dishonest ruse to increase profits, and it is a slap in the face to the consumer,"

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Did the customers in N.J. know the difference?

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: BaseballFan, 5/24/2013 12:40:54 PM     (No. 9343714)

Being setup to drinking dirty water is a "slap in the face"?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Smart11344, 5/24/2013 12:45:14 PM     (No. 9343723)

You mean the Jersey shore is polluted with crooks? Who knew.

I´m glad, here in WA state, I haven´t been in a TGIFridays in a decade. Red Robin with their watered down hay hour drinks is bad enough. I´s swear a Slurpee has more alcohol in it than a margarita served there.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: razorx22, 5/24/2013 12:48:01 PM     (No. 9343732)

It is worse than a slap in the face.
It is a total break of trust.
I trust that I am receiving what I am paying for and the scum rips me off - in the worst possible way - you/your loved one may have ingested- who knows what?!?!
The question is, What else did they substitute?
Meat / cheese?
Grosses me out to think what thieves like this WOULD NOT DO to make a few pennies more per plate / drink.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: horacer, 5/24/2013 12:52:03 PM     (No. 9343745)

They forgot the iodine. Can´t make good scotch without it.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Sully, 5/24/2013 12:52:21 PM     (No. 9343748)

Sullied Theorem #27: Never acquire a taste for anything.

Why should you? If you do not like how something tastes, don´t take it! You could acq1uire a taste for bath water after all.

...and so it seems some people have.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Jiobaobubai, 5/24/2013 12:54:00 PM     (No. 9343752)

# 5 must drink Lagavulin. ;-)

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Safari Man, 5/24/2013 1:00:55 PM     (No. 9343771)

No mention of toxicity so I can only assume their "rubbing alcohol" is ethanol and not isopropyl alcohol and not "denatured". So the motivation for doing this must be that they are avoiding the hefty tax on alcohol. No mention of the tax aspect of this story, which is the true motivator behind these cheats´ actions. I suspect the state officials are more concerned about loss of tax revenue than they are public safety or consumer fraud.


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Reply 8 - Posted by: deepthinker, 5/24/2013 1:01:33 PM     (No. 9343772)

More and more we tend to acquire wines directly from the winery or at wine-tastings where the winemaker is providing the product and proudly showing it off. Could some of these guys scam us? Sure, but in a restaurant/bar setting there is a good reason they show you the uncorked bottle before opening it and pouring in front of you.
Bar gin could be anything.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: rolfnader, 5/24/2013 1:02:07 PM     (No. 9343774)

You know what ? I might have been served that last night! This has to be what caused that tight helmet this morning.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 5/24/2013 1:18:45 PM     (No. 9343806)

That no one could taste the difference isn´t surprising to me, after tasting the tap water in New Jersey.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: CivilServant, 5/24/2013 1:19:02 PM     (No. 9343808)

Eh, whatever. It still beats drinking in Philly.



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Reply 12 - Posted by: Topic Thunder, 5/24/2013 1:27:26 PM     (No. 9343823)

I think we need our own "Operation Swill" against the White House and Congress!

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Reply 13 - Posted by: BocaLaura, 5/24/2013 2:00:28 PM     (No. 9343896)

Gives new meaning to the term dirty martini.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: jond, 5/24/2013 2:10:22 PM     (No. 9343916)

My observation is that you have to earn the right to anything of high quality, be it a Stradivarius or a Lamborghini. (Spelling them is a good first step.) If you can´t tell the difference, don´t waste your time.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: SnowQueen, 5/24/2013 2:13:59 PM     (No. 9343921)

I guess I´ll stick with bottled beer at TGIF.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: NeverVoteDem, 5/24/2013 3:04:43 PM     (No. 9344017)

I used to drink bourbon. Jim Beam is swill. I refuse to drink tequila anymore. I just don´t like it. But don´t mess with my Johnnie Walker.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: coldoc, 5/24/2013 3:55:35 PM     (No. 9344088)

The "rubbing alcohol" is about as accurate as the "machete" wielded by the musims in london. (in fact a meat cleaver). Dont these reporters ever have any life experience? Are they all so pathetically ignorant?

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