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No good deed comes unpunished I guess

Posted by on Feb. 23, 2013 at 9:42 PM
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A local bartender got fired from her job for calling police and alerting them to a drunken patron who was getting behind the wheel of a vehicle.

Twyla DeVito said she was proud to work at the American Legion Post in Shelby.

“They do a look of good for this community, for our veterans,” DeVito said.

Her tenure at the bar came to an abrupt end last week.

“I came into work, he was already there, pretty much hammered,” DeVito said.

DeVito said that the man was a regular at the bar and also served as an officer at the Legion Post.

“He ordered a beer, I gave it to him, and then I started to try to slow it down, serving him,” DeVito said.

She said that when he went to leave, she knew he was not in a state to drive.

“I called the police and said, ‘We have a very drunk person leaving the bar. He is going to kill someone or himself,’” the former bartender said.

Shelby Police Chief Charlie Roub said that one of his officers quickly located the driver and came to the same conclusion.

According to the police report, Mike Ramey blew a 0.167.

“That’s a little over twice the legal limit,” Roub said.

Ramey was arrested and charged with drunken-driving.

Two days later, DeVito said that she got a call from her boss.

“He said, ‘I’m going to have to fire you, because it’s bad for business to have a bartender that will call the cops,’” DeVito said.

The commander of the post would not make a comment to 10TV News on camera but said that while DeVito did the right thing morally, she did not do the right thing for the business.

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

Roub said that he was not pleased with that comment.

“Here, we have someone that’s trying to do something right and ends up getting punished for it,” Roub said.

DeVito said she did what she felt she had to do.

“I stand by what I did, and I would do it again,” DeVito said.

According to the Ohio Department of Public Safety, there is no law requiring a bartender to report a drunken-driver.

Bartenders are prohibited from serving an intoxicated person and could be held liable for any crash or injury that results, though.

Watch 10TV News and refresh 10TV.com for more information.

by on Feb. 23, 2013 at 9:42 PM
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babyspots17
by Bronze Member on Feb. 23, 2013 at 10:43 PM
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Although I feel bad she got fired if he was "pretty much hammered" when she got to work why was she still serving him? Frankly the whole situation sucks.
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ditsyjo
by Gold Member on Feb. 23, 2013 at 11:07 PM

that sounds unfair to me

coolmommy2x
by Ruby Member on Feb. 23, 2013 at 11:23 PM
I guess she should have let him kill himself or someone else although I can't believe that publicity would be better.
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aj23
by Gold Member on Feb. 23, 2013 at 11:58 PM
If he would have left and someone got killed she would have been held responsable for serving him so either way she was screwed.
Even though calling the cops was the right thing to do she still should be fired for knowingly breaking the law and serving him while he was drunk.
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Schauseil
by Bronze Member on Feb. 24, 2013 at 12:00 AM
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If she had refused to serve him and offered.to call a cab I would be more sympathic.
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chemmom83
by on Feb. 24, 2013 at 11:27 AM
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SHE WAS ABSOLUTELY RIGHT FROM A LEGAL STAND POINT , SHE SAVED HER OWN ASS , BECAUSE ITS OBVIOUS HER BOSS IS ABOUT THE BOTTOM DOLLAR. I BET IF HIS ASS WAS ON THE LINE HE WOULD BE THANKING HER.

GaleJ
by Silver Member on Feb. 24, 2013 at 2:51 PM

It is long past time that our society gets solidly behind the idea that driving impaired is always and wholly inappropriate. I have no problem with competent adults choosing to drink to any degree they like, including inebriation, as long as they DO NOT DRIVE and do not presume to care for dependent children while under the influence! To fire this poor woman, who well could be held legally responsible should something have happened, is patently unfair and puts the burden on her shoulders when she is the person least responsible for the situation in terms of the patron being inebriate and the policy of what is a private club that has divided loyalties when it comes to serving alcohol to its members. 

notjstasocermom
by Samantha on Feb. 24, 2013 at 3:39 PM

I doubt he was the only drunk one leaving.

notjstasocermom
by Samantha on Feb. 24, 2013 at 6:30 PM



Quoting Schauseil:

If she had refused to serve him and offered.to call a cab I would be more sympathic.



happehcrone
by on Feb. 24, 2013 at 8:11 PM
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 AMG lol too funny - I mis-read your post initially - I read "...driving impaired ISN'T always wholly inappropriate."  I was like...wait, WUT??!!  Anyway - I agree with you - just thought I'd share because it was funny - when I went back and re-read it it almost made soda come out my nose XD derp


Quoting GaleJ:

It is long past time that our society gets solidly behind the idea that driving impaired is always and wholly inappropriate. I have no problem with competent adults choosing to drink to any degree they like, including inebriation, as long as they DO NOT DRIVE and do not presume to care for dependent children while under the influence! To fire this poor woman, who well could be held legally responsible should something have happened, is patently unfair and puts the burden on her shoulders when she is the person least responsible for the situation in terms of the patron being inebriate and the policy of what is a private club that has divided loyalties when it comes to serving alcohol to its members. 


 

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