Thursday, June 21, 2007

Condoms for Cocktails

Just one of those headlines that writes itself...

A Boston city councilor has proposed that the city encourage - and preferably require - bars in Boston to serve all cocktails with plastic covers.

The thinking, to use the term loosely, behind city councilor's Steven Murphy's proposal is "to protect bar patrons from date-rape drugs," according to today's Boston Globe article (note that the Globe site was down as of this article's posting, no doubt brought down by Boston imbibers who wanted to demonstrate their solidarity with Murphy). It would also be a neato-keeno way to prevent spills while maneuvering in crowded bars.

I'm not making this up.

"It's simplistic," Murphy said of the covers which he demonstrated the covers at a city council meeting yesterday. "But it's ingenious in its simplicity."

One out of two ain't bad.

The downside of the cocktail condoms, as noted in the Globe: Uno: It's hard to look sophisticated drinking your martini in the equivalent of a sippy cup. Dos: You're not going to be able to use those little umbrellas in your rum drinks anymore.

Unbelievably - unless, of course, you're familiar with the political mindset - three other city councilors have signed on to the proposal and it has been sent on to the Committee on Public Safety.

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