Lipstick/Pig

A slew of bars in New Jersey, including 13 franchised TGI Fridays, were busted for selling caramel-colored rubbing alcohol as top-rail scotch, among other things:

At one bar, a mixture that included rubbing alcohol and caramel coloring was sold as scotch. In another, premium liquor bottles were refilled with water – and apparently not even clean water at that.

State officials provided those new details Thursday on raids they conducted a day earlier as part of a yearlong investigation dubbed Operation Swill.

Twenty-nine New Jersey bars and restaurants, including 13 TGI Fridays, were accused of substituting cheap booze – or worse – for top-shelf brands while charging premium prices.

That would explain a lot of the “top shelf” scotch I’ve had, come to think of it…

12 thoughts on “Lipstick/Pig

  1. Now that is just greedy. Why not just put the rail booze in the top shelf bottles? Still huge margins. Why use rubbing alcohol?

  2. Exactly, Loren. Why use rubbing alcohol?
    Management would have the most to lose & the least to gain from this. The bartender/bar manager, however, could refill the same bottle with the cheap stuff and sell the unopened bottles out the backdoor.

  3. Why are you all surprised? This is Jersey. You know… clown territory

  4. WAKE UP: Quality down. Same price. This is INFLATION not captured in the CPI.

    The economy sucks because of QE and dumb government policy. Quality and integrity go down the drain in a cycle that feeds on it’s self. It’s happening all over the world. Global QE is a disaster.

    U.K. horse meat scandal. Cheap containers. One less button on your shirt. Same price but they lower the amount. etc.

  5. The fact that the customers evidently didn’t complain proves most self appointed connoisseurs would be advised to switch to the lower shelf anyway.

  6. Some drunks are **** lucky they’re not dead. Rubbing alcohol is isopropanol, which is toxic.

    Given that 12 restaurants are involved, that suggests that a regional manager should be looking at some jail time. When you have multiple locations doing the same thing, look up the chain of command for the culprit. Just like when we see political audits by the IRS, BATF, EPA, DOJ, and other agencies. The problem is where the chains of command meet.

  7. The fact that the customers evidently didn’t complain proves most self appointed connoisseurs would be advised to switch to the lower shelf anyway.

    That was exactly my thought, Swiftee.

  8. If they were serving rubbing alcohol from the top shelf, what was flowing from the well…sterno?

  9. If they were serving rubbing alcohol from the top shelf, what was flowing from the well…sterno?

    Bongwater.

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