We reported a few months ago on how certain McDonald’s restaurants in the UK would be using breathalyzer tests to allow or deny entry into their restaurants. Well, now news is spreading of a man denied entry because of a failure. The question many ask is: where is the line drawn? He was trying to get food, he wasn’t operating a vehicle.
GeoBeats News reports:
Certain venues in the U.K. area of Cambridge, including McDonald’s, are participating in a police pilot program that supplies them with breathalyzer kits to test people’s level of drunkenness and possibly refuse entry to them.
For many people, McDonald’s is the perfect fix after a night of drinking, but in one town in the U.K., it could prevent people from even entering the restaurant.
In fact, one man was turned away at 2 am after failing a breathalyzer test.
It’s part of a recent pilot program implemented by the Cambridge police department whereby certain businesses have been given breathalyzer kits to determine if a person is too drunk to enter.
According to police, the test will not be mandatory, but instead be would a tool for employees to refuse entry to people who are behaving belligerently because they’re drunk.
The man who was denied entry into the McDonald’s was apparently stopped by the guards because of the way he was acting. After he blew more than three times the legal limit for driving, he was not allowed in.
The program began in March as an effort to reduce binge drinking and alcohol-related crimes.
Similar trials around the country have been relatively successful, with about a one-third reduction in the number of reported disturbances at those locations.
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