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In Reply to: Re: Judges and Drinking posted by JohnKinMD on May 13, 2011 at 19:23:31:
So if the offending judges had been drinking beer out of a red cup, then it would have been okay?
The point I am trying to make is, rules apply both to cooks and judges. If the consumption of alcoholic beverages by cooks and their guests is prohibited in the contest rules, then anyone who consumes alcohol in the contest site is in violation of a contest rule, regardless of what container they drink it from.
Now have _I_ "red cupped" at a contest before? Yes I have. I have also cooked contests stone cold sober. Although my income is dependant upon the sales of alcohol, my life does not revolve around it. In both of my jobs at the bar or ballpark, I encourage my customers to drink responsibly. I can be fired for overserving a customer or someone who is obviously intoxicated. Under the Missouri Dram Shop laws, I can also be sued if a customer I overserve has an accident after leaving my establishment.
I personally do not see anything wrong with a judge having a beer or two before judging. Two beers in an hours time is not going to change their palate or ability to judge. I would argue that highly sugared drinks such as soda or Kool-Aid would alter a judge's palate more than beer. But the rules state that judges may not consume alcohol before or during judging so that is what I abide by when I judge. Because I have two different liquor licenses, if the contest rules state no alcohol consumption, I abide by those rules.
By no means am I defending the judge's behavior before or after being called out by Steph. I am pretty sure that if they had confronted me afterwards in the manner they had with Steph by referring to me as an inanimate object, I would have become quite animated.
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