Archive for the ‘alcohol’ Category

drunk karaoke

February 7, 2007

The US Department of Transportation and the Ad Council have a current radio commercial that implies that all men that are in karaoke bars are drunk (“wasted”).

another man arrested at a California bank

January 3, 2007

Once again, David Lazarus from the San Francisco Chronicle and radio talk show host Clark Howard are reporting about a bank customer arrested and jailed for trying to cash or deposit [a] check/s.

I heard that Steven Chesser originally took the checks to a Washington Mutual bank branch and the teller did not like the looks of the checks or something, so Steven went across the street to a Wells Fargo bank branch and the checks were accepted there.

Unlike the earlier Bank of America story, Wells Fargo probably will not lose any customers because of this incident.
However, some local criminal justice establishments in California may be slowly losing their credibility because of their seeming lack of organization skills and their arbitrary actions.

I do not think that the stated charges of “check forgery” “commercial burglary” are actually applicable here. I do not think that receiving a check in the mail and then presenting the check to a bank teller should be considered an illegal act. However, the people making the fake checks should be sought out and prosecuted.

Jay Boyarsky, the supervising deputy district attorney, acknowledged that “the criminal justice system does not always deal well with people who have mental disabilities.”

For the time being, however, Chesser remains behind bars. He’s being held in a special wing “for inmates who need mental health treatment,” according to jail spokesman Mark Cursi.

Chesser doesn’t read very well and doesn’t always comprehend what’s going on around him, his father said. He’s worked as a janitor and held other unskilled jobs. He’s easily taken advantage of by others.

“When he’s working, his friends always come around on payday and get him to buy them beer,” William Chesser said. “That sort of thing is common.”

William Chesser said his son went to a Wells Fargo branch in Cupertino with a couple of checks he’d received, ostensibly worth a total of about $2,000. Chesser opened a checking account, deposited the funds and asked for some money.

So Chesser went to the bank yet again with even more checks. And this time, bank officials suspected something was up. They called the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department and Chesser was promptly arrested for passing bad checks.

“He was attempting to deposit numerous checks,” said Deputy Serg Palanov, a spokesman for the Sheriff’s Department.

Chris Hammond, a Wells Fargo spokesman, said, “There is more to the story, but we are not able to disclose it because we must respect the privacy of the customer’s information.”

He added: “Wells Fargo does not make decisions based on a customer or potential customer’s appearance. However, if a team member observes questionable or suspicious actions or behaviors in our banking store, it may be appropriate to contact authorities to ensure the safety of our customers and team members.”

“I asked him if he knew why he was there,” the father continued. “He said it was for opening an account at Wells Fargo.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2006/12/20/BUGK2N2M051.DTL

police report

December 30, 2006

December 29, 2006 — The fallout from Mel Gibson’s boozy, anti-Semitic tirade continues. The L.A. sheriff’s deputy who busted the star for DUI says his bosses are harassing him over suspicions he leaked his arrest report to the media. Deputy James Mee says that he was transferred to another assignment and grilled for hours and that his home computer and phone records were seized after the arrest six months ago. “His life and career would be a lot different had he not made that arrest,” Mee’s lawyer, Richard Shinee, told The Los Angeles Times, adding that Mee was innocent.

http://www.nypost.com/seven/12292006/gossip/pagesix/mel_cop_probed_pagesix_.htm

I think the problem was not the arrest, but loading the police report with unnecessary information.

“If you are underage, you are going to drink”

December 22, 2006

Alber’s mother, Robynne, said her son only ordered a hamburger and was humiliated in front of his parents and their friends, she wrote in a letter filed with the commission. After Alber’s mother protested, she too was asked to leave.

Dan Puerini, POP’s owner, said he won’t stop his 21-and-over policy. He said the rule is part of the restaurant’s attempt to enforce liquor laws.

“If you are underage, you are going to drink,” he said. “It’s impossible to keep track of minors in a bar where it’s like POP and its jampacked.”

http://www.boston.com/news/local/rhode_island/articles/2006/08/13/21_and_over_policy_prompts_age_discrimination_complaint/

Is he implying that all people under age 21 are going to drink alcohol?

Would Rhode Island law require restaurant employees to monitor all people inside that are under age 21 at all times, or just people when they are attempting to buy alcohol?

When Dan Puerini was 19, he borrowed some start-up cash from his mom and opened a restaurant. He had never trained to cook professionally, but he liked the kitchen and loved cooking.

http://www.tasteri.com/projo/reviews/20030327_puerinis.htm

Hmmm. 19 years old. Maybe laws were different back then.

But restaurant owner Dan Puerini says his policy is designed to prevent underaged drinking. Without the policy, he says his staff might accidentally serve alcohol to a minor on a busy night.

http://ww2.wpri.com/global/story.asp?s=5274282

Abu Ghraib / Naval Consolidated Brig Miramar in San Diego

October 13, 2006

She was only 20 when many of the Abu Ghraib photos were taken — so young that her then-boyfriend, Charles Graner, 35, had to buy her drinks for her at an officers’ club where they used to hang out in Fort Lee, VA, before their deployment to Iraq.

At Pilgrim’s, England helped oversee the marinating and packaging of chicken. “Not long after I started working there, I noticed some chicken parts were discolored and diseased-looking, but the workers still sent them down the line at the plant,” she tells me. “I told my supervisors.” They ignored her.

“People were doing bad things. They’d let bad chicken go through the line — chicken that still had blood on it — and look the other way. Management didn’t care.”

She spoke of Abu Ghraib, and how they would “smoke” the detainees — the code word for forcing prisoners to exercise until the point of collapse — as well as making them walking around wearing women’s underwear on their heads and other unusual disciplinary measures.

“She told me their job was to keep them awake: Let them sleep a little bit and then wake them back up. I said, ‘Are you allowed to do that?’ And she said, ‘Oh yeah, that’s what we’re told to do,'” says Hardy. “She told me the officers were involved; they knew what was going on. There were a lot of what she called ‘OGAs.'”

Officially, OGA stands for “other government agency.” But everyone in the army knows it means the CIA. It also means, don’t ask questions.

In fact, if England touches anything her family has handled, she’ll be subjected to a full-body cavity search. As it is, she goes through a strip search after each of our four visits: “If you have your period, and you have a visitor, they make you take your tampon out afterward and squat and cough,” she says. “You think those are mirrors?” England asks me, pointing to a row of reflective glass panes on the side of the room. “Those aren’t mirrors. There are people on the other side, watching us the whole time.”

Not surprisingly, rules are strict: Inmates have to rise at 5 a.m.; they have no choice in what they eat (tonight, macaroni and cheese); and they must perform chores like mowing the lawn, tending vegetable gardens, and folding the American flag. England, however, isn’t allowed to take the flag down at the end of the day, “because I’m high-profile,” she says. “Somebody might be on the golf course [nearby] and see me touching it” — and maybe even snap a picture. She illustrates, clicking an invisible camera in the air.

Prisoners who break the rules — “push buttons,” England calls it — are sent to “DeSeg.” (Button-pushing includes such things as engaging in sexual activity with another prisoner.) “In DeSeg, they make you sit in isolation in a windowless room. You can’t watch TV or read,” she explains. “You have to sit at a desk. You can’t sleep from reveille to nighttime.”

A former civilian prison guard, he’d also been accused in a federal lawsuit of assaulting an inmate at Pennsylvania’s State Correctional Institution-Greene in 1998 and putting a razor blade in the inmate’s mashed potatoes.

“In situations like Iraq, the first thing some young female soldiers look for is a protector — a senior male, let’s say, who’s sitting in a vehicle with her,” says Karpinski.

In another photo, England is standing near a detainee, Hayder Sabbar Abd, a 34-year-old taxi driver, as he is being made to simulate masturbation.

But her military attorney has advised her to grow her hair longer, to try and look more feminine.

When she speaks, she does so carefully — the way she’s been coached.

Clearly, England has confided in her lawyer about things she saw or did that never came up in court, and Hardy wants to protect her from any new charges. So he has counseled her to say, “I heard,” or “There were rumors,” or “I was told,” when she describes things.

Is it true that an American contractor sexually assaulted an Iraqi boy in prison?

“I heard rumors he did things to boys in the cell,” she says.

“Lynndie is away from the flagpole, in Abu Ghraib — the most terrible place. You’re being mortared every night. You are breathing dust and broken concrete. It’s hot. You feel dehumanized. You’re drained of every bit of compassion that you have. She did it because she wanted to come back from this godforsaken war and be able to say, ‘We did this for the government.’ She was made to believe that this was of such importance to national security.

http://magazines.ivillage.com/marieclaire/print/0,,703130,00.html