Nanny State: Boston Bars May Ban Glasses After Assaults

Posted: Feb 24, 2017 1:00 PM

A proposed policy by Boston's Liquor Licensing Board would prohibit bars with multiple incidents of assault from serving beverages in glassware. Instead, the bar would have to serve things in plastic cups. The new policy comes after incidents at two hotel bars.

“If we see a pattern of glass as a weapon it will no longer be allowed,” Christine Puglini, the board’s chairwoman, said at a hearing yesterday, addressing representatives of Minibar, a Copley Square Hotel bar. “You may be high-end, but you’re not acting high-end.”

Two posh hotel bars, Minibar and Bond Lounge at the Langham, were brought before the board yesterday for recent assaults involving glasses. According to police reports, a Bond Lounge patron smashed a beer bottle over the head of another customer on New Year’s Day. Several days earlier at Minibar, police said, a patron punched and threw a glass at another man who groped his fiancee.

I mean, come on. A person over the age of 21 should be capable of drinking a beverage out of a glass without incident, and it should be up to the establishment to control its patrons, not the thing a beverage is drunk out of. A glass isn't capable of throwing itself. (Besides, people are perfectly capable of punching each other--what's next, banning people from bars with fights?) This is a pointless overreach and won't do anything to actually keep anyone safe.