BURN HIM!!! NJ: Caramel-colored rubbing alcohol sold as scotch

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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — At one bar, a mixture that included rubbing alcohol and caramel coloring was sold as scotch. In another, premium liquor bottles were refilled with water — and apparently not even clean water at that.

State officials provided those new details Thursday on raids they conducted a day earlier as part of a yearlong investigation dubbed Operation Swill.

Twenty-nine New Jersey bars and restaurants, including 13 TGI Fridays, were accused of substituting cheap booze — or worse — for the good stuff while charging premium prices.

As part of Operation Swill, investigators collected 1,000 open bottles of vodka, gin, rum, scotch, whiskey and tequila from the wells of the bars, state Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa said.

"This alleged scheme is a dishonest ruse to increase profits and is a slap in the face of the consumer," Chiesa said.

Within seven days, the establishments must turn over records to help state authorities determine how many patrons were overcharged and by how much. They also will have to inform the state which employees were at work the days samples were covertly taken earlier this year.

State officials would not say what establishment used the rubbing alcohol or which one used dirty water, or water not from a tap. They said no health issues were reported.

TGI Fridays Inc. said it was conducting its own investigation, working with the franchisee that owns the 13 restaurants cited, The Briad Group.

Briad, based in Livingston, said it "takes great pride in the quality of food and drink" served at its TGI Fridays franchises and was troubled and surprised by the allegations. It said in an emailed statement it would take immediate steps to correct any problems it identified.

"We want every assurance possible that our guests can continue to feel confident in the great food and drink they order at our T.G.I. Friday's restaurants," said Rick Barbrick, president of The Briad Restaurant Group.

Operation Swill started after the state began receiving more complaints than usual about possibly mislabeled drinks, said the director of the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control, Michael Halfacre. An informant with knowledge of the industry contacted the agency in the fall to help in the investigation, he said.

In January and February, investigators went to 63 establishments they suspected were scamming liquor customers. They ordered drinks neat — that is, without ice or mixers — and then covertly took samples for testing.

Of 150 samples collected, 30 were not the brand as which they were being sold.

The establishments face suspensions of their liquor licenses and possible revocations if there are enough violations.

http://news.yahoo.com/nj-caramel-colored-rubbing-alcohol-sold-scotch-200102116.html

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This should be a first offense permanent liquor license revocation. You do this, you should never work in the service industry again.
 
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This should be a first offense permanent liquor license revocation. You do this, you should never work in the service industry again.
Well if they can prove interstate commerce the dark cloud aka the Feds move in... could be a simple as them buying the rubbing alcohol or the empty bottles from NY... I would think they would be involved due to the adulteration of the beverages.
 

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I'm not a violent man, but if some asshole served me rubbing alcohol and called it scotch, I would seriously jump over the bar and chew that person's face off.
 
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I find it amazing that 1 franchisee owns all 13 Friday's restaurants that were caught doing this shit and the owner is seeking to "correct any problems" as if it WASN'T his decision to do screw his customers. It's just a pure coincidence that all 13 locations are run by his company and by some strange alignment of the stars, planets, and the moon the managers of every one of his restaurants just happened to get the same shitty idea to rip off their bar customers in the exact same way. What a piece of garbage.
 

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I'm not a drinker, but isn't rubbing alcohol poison?
 

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Time to convene some international courts for crimes against humanity. Slow torture is too good for this shithead.
 

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I find it amazing that 1 franchisee owns all 13 Friday's restaurants that were caught doing this shit and the owner is seeking to "correct any problems" as if it WASN'T his decision to do screw his customers. It's just a pure coincidence that all 13 locations are run by his company and by some strange alignment of the stars, planets, and the moon the managers of every one of his restaurants just happened to get the same shitty idea to rip off their bar customers in the exact same way. What a piece of garbage.
To be fair to this shit food company, corporate said they were going to correct this problem. This franchise owner is fucked.
 

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I'm not a violent man, but if some asshole served me rubbing alcohol and called it scotch, I would seriously jump over the bar and chew that person's face off.
yes sir, and why the fuck have they not said which one of these assholes did that.
one of the places on there is an italian restaurant in glassboro nj, which is about 10 mins from me, and actually has good food. not like that shitty tgi friday crap, actual italian good food.
 

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Lucky they didn't blind anyone...
That's methyl, not isopropyl.

Isopropyl is less poisonous, you could probably drink a pint of it and recover.
But its not good for you, and these shitheads should see jail for it.
 

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You know I always wondered if places did that.... I'm a beer guy, but I think I'd be able to tell if I got served a cup of rubbing alcohol.
 

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You know I always wondered if places did that.... I'm a beer guy, but I think I'd be able to tell if I got served a cup of rubbing alcohol.
I can see them getting away with it if they're using rubbing alcohol in the sweet, syrupy shit drinks they serve... like their horrid margaritas... those things would taste like industrial waste even if you used top-shelf liquor in them.

But... to serve brown-dyed rubbing alcohol "scotch" to a customer neat or on the rocks? You'd have to be a moron/scumbag... and you're just begging to have a customer(like me) wind up and throw a highball glass straight at your face.
 

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This is why I only drink beer at bars. Always watch them pour and open bottles. Seen too many people get cranked by watered down whiskey and vodka. I've heard of places that will take either Popov, Crystal Palace or some other low grade alcoholic vodka and pour it into Stoly or Grey Goose bottles. Scumbags. Yank their liquor licenses. I used to work in a liquor store while in college, super fucking hard to get a liquor license in Jersey. To buy one you are paying fucking everyone to just get that piece of paper.
 

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But... to serve brown-dyed rubbing alcohol "scotch" to a customer neat or on the rocks? You'd have to be a moron/scumbag... and you're just begging to have a customer(like me) wind up and throw a highball glass straight at your face.
Frozen TGI Fridays wings lightly seasoned and nuked

Caramel-colored RA shot #2
Dirty water vodka shot #3

SLAM TIME!!!
 

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That's methyl, not isopropyl.

Isopropyl is less poisonous, you could probably drink a pint of it and recover.
But its not good for you, and these shitheads should see jail for it.
isopropyl alcohol is commonly used in the making of flavors. you know those little crystals in certs and shit? yeah, that's what's used to cool the encapsulated flavor pellets.