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“The ground came out of nowhere

staySober.jpgSo a guy walks into a bar. Later, same guy walks out of a bar. His foot gets caught up on a toejam, and he tumbles on a ramp. And since there are no rails to help him catch himself, he ends up hurting his neck, face and chest, with at least some of the injuries being caused by the beer bottle he was carrying.

The punchline, of course, is that Matthew Shewmake is now suing said bar to the tune of $200,000. He says that the bar should’ve known that the doorway and ramp was a dangerous spot, and should therefore have put up railings, or done something else to help prevent drunks like him from injuring themselves.

Putting aside the question of whether or not Shewmake fell because the spot was dangerous or because he was tipsy, why was he leaving the bar with a beer bottle in the first place? I guess the liquor laws in Madison County, Illinois might be different than most other places, but you generally can’t leave a bar with an open container (and in most bars won’t sell you closed bottles).

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Seth, you have to visit the bars in New Orleans. They are kind enough to box up the glass container so you can take it with you, while conveniently putting your unfinished alcoholic beverage into a plastic to-go cup. If for no other reason, this is why N.O. will recover.