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I've often wondered about this and have often suspected as much... and here's the proof!

It's a shame that more investigations like this aren't conducted nation wide.

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I bet this happens all the time in a lot more places than just New Jersey, and a lot more restaurants than just TGI Friday's ...

(Pictures and Video at the link below)

NJ bars, restaurants accused of passing off cheaper booze
May 24, 2013

Nearly 30 New Jersey bars and restaurants have been accused of filling top-shelf liquor bottles with lower-quality hooch, including one establishment that allegedly passed off caramel-colored rubbing alcohol as scotch, state officials said Thursday.

The rotgut roundup, dubbed “Operation Swill,” targeted 29 establishments and involved more than 100 investigators, Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa and Division of Alcohol and Beverage Control Director Michael Halfacre said.


The investigators seized about 1,000 opened bottles of premium liquors like Tanqueray gin, Johnny Walker Black scotch and Smirnoff vodka on Wednesday.

“This alleged scheme is a dishonest ruse to increase profits, and it is a slap in the face to the consumer,” Chiesa said in a news release. “Consumers should have the peace of mind knowing that they will get what they spent their hard-earned money on every single time – no exceptions.”

A customer of the Blackthorn Restaurant in Parsippany, one of the establishments named by authorities, said she thinks she was always served the poison she picked.

“I see them pour it,” Danielle Ferrazzano told NBC New York. “There’s my Captain and Coke, whatever it is I drink. I was fine with it. I never suspected anything.”

“Operation Swill” began after the state began receiving an influx of complaints about beverages that might have been mislabeled, Halfacre said, and got a boost when an informant with industry knowledge came forward in the fall.

Investigators took covert drink samples from the establishments in the course of the year-long probe, which included 13 TGI Friday's restaurants, authorities said.

The accusations were “isolated to one group of franchised restaurants,” TGI Friday's corporate offices said.

“If accurate, they would represent a violation of our company’s values and our extensive bar and beverage standards which are designed to deliver the highest guest experience in our restaurants,” the company said in a statement. “We have zero tolerance for actions that undermine the trust of our guests and call into question the reputation we have built up over the past 48 years.”

The president of the Briad Group, which operates the 13 TGI Friday's franchises, called the allegations “troubling and surprising.”

“We have already begun our own investigation to learn if any of these allegations are true. If they are, we will take immediate steps to correct any issues that may have led to less than a 100 percent quality experience for our guests,” Briad president Rick Barbrick said in a statement, according to the Star-Ledger.

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/05/24/18467595-nj-bars-restaurants-accused-of-passing-off-cheaper-booze?lite
 

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Good thing I don't drink, they can't fool me! :tongue: :D
 

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There was a time or two where I ordered a premium whiskey that I drink all the time and it didn't taste right. Agreed there are places that will give you the cheap stuff in place and to those places I won't order any more liquor, if I even go back.
 

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Why make 700 dollars on a 30 dollar bottle of booze when you can make 700 dollars on a 10 dollar bottle of booze.

17 shots in a fifth of liquor, 39 in a liter.

I haven't been out to a bar drinking in..10 years? Other than the occasional drink with a dinner or a draft beer at a sports bar, but I remember running through the better part of 200 bucks pretty easily.
 

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My 2 cents sounds par course for New Jersey , Done a lot of work there my years in Philly . No way knocking the good peps there, Worked with some good ones ;)
 

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... I'm 99% sure waters down the coke!!!:tongue:
I thought they used powdered sugar to cut the coke; but what do I know, lol.

(from what I read in the paper,that gets you shot... here, we call that a win-win; dead idiot, prison bound customer.)

If I order Jack, it ain't in Coke. And I can tell.

I'm not too proud to ask for my cash back, and drink freaking bottled beer, delivered to me unopened. And count my change in front of them, mfers.

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Until your kids get older an start watering your booze down! :wiggle:

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Read the bolded part of post #8; My Dad could too, lol. That didn't work exactly once. :)

Heh; I can hear him saying, "You might LOL, now, you didn't then!" rofl.

Tell them "There's Cyanide in one of those bottles; you better stay out of there." (I hope I don't need to mention not to actually poison a bottle...)
 

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Read the bolded part of post #8; My Dad could too, lol. That didn't work exactly once. :)

Heh; I can hear him saying, "You might LOL, now, you didn't then!" rofl.

Tell them "There's Cyanide in one of those bottles; you better stay out of there." (I hope I don't need to mention not to actually poison a bottle...)
Well, how effective could that possibly be if you don't actually put a pill in one bottle that you know but the kids don't! :rofl:
 

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1) I guess this answers my question about if you will go blind after drinking rubbing alcohol. Apparently not (although I imagine the headaches being "splitting")

2) Years ago when I was 15, I did a foreign exchange to Russia right after the fall of communism. The host family gave me a 3L bottle of Stoly to bring back that they all signed. At 15. My parents thought it was a nice present and I just left it in my bedroom bookcase gathering dust... until college. The first week I moved to the dorms, I snuck out the vodka in every container I could find (including my old scouting canteen, IIRC). I don't believe that alcohol lasted a week after sitting on my shelf for years. To avoid any berating from my parents, I just refilled the bottle with Vodka and left it on the shelf. Six or seven years later, well after I had finished college, my parents called me and told me that something odd was growing in the vodka -- that didn't make sense to them b/c of it was alcohol. I laughed and just told them to empty it out and confessed my "crime". Being good parents, they still gave me hell and blamed my poor grades that Fall Freshman year on the bottle. In truth, they probably weren't that far off the mark.

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The caramel colored rubbing alcohol would make you sick to your stomach because of chemicals they purposely put in there. If they didn't, it would not last on store shelves for 5 minutes at $1.59 a pint......

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The caramel colored rubbing alcohol would make you sick to your stomach because of chemicals they purposely put in there. If they didn't, it would not last on store shelves for 5 minutes at $1.59 a pint......

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There's caramel colored rubbing alcohol? I guess I haven't been in the stores recently but the bottle we have at our house (in the bathroom, not the liquor cabinet) is clear.
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did you even read the first post?
Yes, I did.

Look at T6Rocket's post.

I was thrown off by T6Rockets comment:
The caramel colored rubbing alcohol would make you sick to your stomach because of chemicals they purposely put in there. If they didn't, it would not last on store shelves for 5 minutes at $1.59 a pint......

Al

This made me wonder if they sold "caramel colored rubbing alcohol" on store shelves since he's referring to both the "caramel colored rubbing alcohol" and "a product that can be bought on store shelves at $1.59 a pint."

If he had just said "rubbing alcohol", I wouldn't have bothered posting as that would imply that "the chemicals they purposely put in there to make you sick to your stomach" would be in the rubbing alcohol component, not the caramel coloring.

Now, the original article refers to "caramel colored rubbing alcohol". Presumably, the shady restauranteur doctored this stuff up himself. If he did so, the likely source would be caramel food coloring (non-toxic stuff).

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FWIW, I think the "part that makes you sick" is that rubbing alcohol is the fact that it's mostly isopropyl alcohol (C3H8O) and not the drinkable stuff ethanol (C2H6O). Still an alcohol but not the kind that makes you feel good. The rest is just water.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isopropyl_alcohol

I believe T6Rocket was confusing rubbing alcohol with denatured alcohol. The reason you can't drink denatured alcohol (mostly ethanol and often found in the hardware section of stores) is because they add up to 10% of another alcohol to the good stuff (ethanol). This can include up to 10% methyl alcohol or isopropyl alcohol or some even nastier stuff.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denatured_alcohol

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I stand by my original inquiry. No reason to be snippy here.
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