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    13 TGI Fridays cited for phony booze....

    New Jersey authorities are investigating 29 establishments for serving customers cheaper booze as a substitute for top-shelf liquor, including one that allegedly offered rubbing alcohol and food coloring as scotch....A spokesman for the New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control declined to which establishment served rubbing alcohol, saying it is an ongoing investigation.Among the 29 licensed bars and restaurants cited for phony booze in the crackdown, dubbed “Operation Swill,” are 13 TGI Fridays restaurants throughout New Jersey.
    On Tuesday, investigators visited the establishments, inspected the bar areas and seized all opened bottles. About 1,000 bottles were seized and will undergo more testing by investigators and manufacturers. The investigators seized various brands of vodka, gin, rum, scotch, whiskey and tequila. Investigators also took statements from employees and served demands for sales records to the establishments, which have seven days to provide records of the brands of interest.


    TGI Fridays issued a statement that said, “TGI Fridays was just made aware of this issue and is working closely with the franchisee and owner of the cited locations to review and investigate these serious allegations. We have one of the most extensive bar and beverage programs in the industry, which sets a very high standard in the quality and service of our beverages.”
    TGI Fridays. I'm amazed. I wonder if this is an employee theft problem. Who in God's green earth would be stupid enough to substitute alcohol with rubbing alcohol??

    http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/business...bbing-alcohol/

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    re: 13 TGI Fridays cited for phony booze....

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    TGI Fridays. I'm amazed. I wonder if this is an employee theft problem. Who in God's green earth would be stupid enough to substitute alcohol with rubbing alcohol??

    NJ Bars Accused of Booze Fraud, Serving Rubbing Alcohol - ABC News
    I saw this earlier today and I was likewise kind of amazed. I think I could accept the possibility that it's an employee theft issue if it happened at one restaurant, but 13? That's management trying to cut some corners. I'm amazed the customers never noticed they were being served crap.

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    Re: 13 TGI Fridays cited for phony booze....

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    TGI Fridays. I'm amazed. I wonder if this is an employee theft problem. Who in God's green earth would be stupid enough to substitute alcohol with rubbing alcohol??

    NJ Bars Accused of Booze Fraud, Serving Rubbing Alcohol - ABC News
    about 20 years ago, the owners of the TGIF franchise sold off "regions" of the country which are now run independently For example in Cincinnati (HQ) Lexington, Dayton, Columbus, and I believe Pittsburgh the TGIF franchise is called "The Bistro Inc" run by a wealthy (he may be deceased now) former medical item supplier named Robert Conway. while they have to meet certain standards, its the local franchise owner whois probably at fault
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aderleth View Post
    I saw this earlier today and I was likewise kind of amazed. I think I could accept the possibility that it's an employee theft issue if it happened at one restaurant, but 13? That's management trying to cut some corners. I'm amazed the customers never noticed they were being served crap.
    most people wouldn't notice because they really can't tell the difference.

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    Re: 13 TGI Fridays cited for phony booze....

    Is that what scotch tastes like? Ew.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtm1963 View Post
    most people wouldn't notice because they really can't tell the difference.
    Between rubbing alcohol and whiskey? I doubt it. I agree that bar customers can be stupid, especially if they've been drinking for a while, but I can't really see not recognizing that rubbing alcohol isn't whiskey.

    Don't get me wrong, I've seen this sort of thing in action. I used to bartend in fine dining restaurants before I went to law school, and I found in general that customers would taste what I told them to taste (especially with wine). But confusing rubbing alcohol with whiskey is a little beyond the pale.

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    Re: 13 TGI Fridays cited for phony booze....

    I eat anywhere and like pretty much, I am not picky at ll. I love Applebees and just about everywhere. But I just dont like TGIFridays. I have never found anything there I really like.
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    Re: 13 TGI Fridays cited for phony booze....

    Quote Originally Posted by Aderleth View Post
    Between rubbing alcohol and whiskey? I doubt it. I agree that bar customers can be stupid, especially if they've been drinking for a while, but I can't really see not recognizing that rubbing alcohol isn't whiskey.

    Don't get me wrong, I've seen this sort of thing in action. I used to bartend in fine dining restaurants before I went to law school, and I found in general that customers would taste what I told them to taste (especially with wine). But confusing rubbing alcohol with whiskey is a little beyond the pale.
    i wasn't talking about the rubbing alcohol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtm1963 View Post
    i wasn't talking about the rubbing alcohol.
    Fair enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Josie View Post
    Is that what scotch tastes like? Ew.
    Not good scotch
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