Skip to comments.Bartender says she was fired for refusing to serve lawmaker
Posted on 06/21/2007 5:30:00 AM PDT by P-40
AUSTIN A former bartender at a Texas Capitol-area bar has sued her old employer, claiming she was fired because she refused to serve state Sen. John Whitmire when he was drunk.
A top aide to Whitmire, D-Houston, said she was present that night at the Cloak Room and called the bartender's allegations about the senator a "complete fabrication."
In her lawsuit, Rebekah L. Lear said she lost her job at the bar because she refused to serve Whitmire a second scotch on the night of March 8. Lear also alleges that Whitmire threatened to have her fired.
Lear claims her manager later told her that "we never refuse senators," in a conversation that was recorded, according to the lawsuit.
The lawsuit does not specify the damages Lear is seeking.
Lara Wendler, Whitmire's legislative director, said Whitmire could not be reached for comment Wednesday because he was traveling. Wendler disputed Lear's account of the evening.
The owner of the Cloak Room could not be reached for comment Wednesday. Lear and her lawyer also could not be reached for comment.
The lawsuit says Whitmire arrived at the Cloak Room on March 8 "acting intoxicated" and with a "glazed look in his eyes." Lear, who was working alone, served him the "J&B and water" that he requested, according to the lawsuit, but gave him a glass of water when he asked for another scotch. Lear told him she couldn't serve another drink because he was intoxicated, according to the lawsuit.
The lawsuit accuses Whitmire of threatening to call the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission and have Lear fired if she didn't serve him another drink.
After Whitmire approached Lear and said he "would have her job," Lear said she would call the police if he didn't settle down, the lawsuit says.
"He responded that the police would not come because all he would have to do was to make a phone call," according to the lawsuit.
The lawsuit says Whitmire made more threats and then left.
Wendler said she and four other people were with Whitmire that night at the bar. She said Lear refused to serve Whitmire even one drink and never told him that she thought he was intoxicated.
On the day after Whitmire's visit, according to the lawsuit, the bar manager told Lear that "Sen. Whitmire could kill us." The manager also said "we will never get in trouble in this bar with senators in here. The TABC's not going to come in here," according to the lawsuit.
It's a misdemeanor offense for a bartender to serve a drink to someone who is intoxicated.
A drunk politician. Imagine that.
Well, that's the long and short of it right there.
I’ve never heard of a ‘lawmaker’, what’s in it?
Wow, they actually posted a D beside his name.
So Whitmore’s aide said he wasnt drunk.
What the hell do you expect her to say, she needs her job too.
Does anyone think that this woman just decided not to serve a perfectly sober man? I dont. Not for one minute.
The waitresses story makes sense to me its typical of people in power to threaten the little folks. To use their influence against anyone who opposes them.
Why would any bar owner fire a waitress for not serving someone. Was she in the bar alone. Where was the owner? he could have come out and made a decision ,if he thought the man was sober.
apparently drunk congresscritters
She can always find another job but bringing back someone that's been killed... not very likely.
Besides... I wouldn't want to work for an employer that succumbed to the political pressures of a drunk demoncrap.
You don't know what a 'lawmaker' is full of?
“Ive never heard of a lawmaker, whats in it?”
Mostly lies, greed, deceit, with a generous helping of inflated ego.
Another fine “Do you know who I am” moment in the annals of Politics.
Lawmakers who use their “high position” to indimidate citizens need to go to jail. Lawmakers in this country have made themselves an elite that has special privileges and is exempt from the law (Ted Kennedy, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton).
My son is a bartender and I’m amazed how he wields his authority when he needs to. The Captain of the ship
Well, it does say someone, not anyone. And "some" means you and me, not state senators.
Ahh yes, the infamous “do you know who I am” card. It’s one of my favorites too.
She must get her job back, plus pay for 10 years, tax free, in one lump sum. Then the criminal in congress must apologize to her for trying to use his “high position” to harass her. No use hoping that he will go to jail - he’s a democrat.
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