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Bartender says she was fired for refusing to serve lawmaker
Associated Press ^ | 6/21/2007 | AP

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.


TOPICS: Government
KEYWORDS: abovethelaw; bartender; cloak; cultureofcorruption; democratscandals; doyouknowwhoiam; drunk; houston; johnwhitmire; pi; publicintoxication; room; whitmire
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1 posted on 06/21/2007 5:30:03 AM PDT by P-40
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To: P-40

A drunk politician. Imagine that.


2 posted on 06/21/2007 5:31:26 AM PDT by Sig Sauer P220
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To: P-40
It's a misdemeanor offense for a bartender to serve a drink to someone who is intoxicated.

Well, that's the long and short of it right there.

3 posted on 06/21/2007 5:32:01 AM PDT by Oberon (What does it take to make government shrink?)
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To: P-40

I’ve never heard of a ‘lawmaker’, what’s in it?


4 posted on 06/21/2007 5:35:36 AM PDT by stuartcr (Everything happens as God wants it to.....otherwise, things would be different.)
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To: P-40

Whitmire, D-Houston,....

Wow, they actually posted a D beside his name.


5 posted on 06/21/2007 5:37:07 AM PDT by EmilyGeiger
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To: P-40

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.


6 posted on 06/21/2007 5:37:43 AM PDT by sgtbono2002 (http://www.imwithfred.com/index.aspx)
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To: stuartcr

apparently drunk congresscritters


7 posted on 06/21/2007 5:37:48 AM PDT by Nailbiter
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To: P-40
Good for her. I'd rather be fired than have to live with the guilt I'd feel if the piece of garbage Whitmire were to have gone out and killed someone in his car.

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.

8 posted on 06/21/2007 5:38:05 AM PDT by EndWelfareToday (Live free and keep what you earn. - Tancredo or Hunter '08)
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To: EmilyGeiger
Wow, they actually posted a D beside his name.

And in the Houston Chronicle, no less. I'm surprised.
9 posted on 06/21/2007 5:38:18 AM PDT by P-40 (Al Qaeda was working in Iraq. They were just undocumented.)
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To: P-40
The fine Senator.
10 posted on 06/21/2007 5:38:59 AM PDT by arichtaxpayer (We will not tire, we will not falter, and we will not fail.)
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To: stuartcr

A vaccum.


11 posted on 06/21/2007 5:41:57 AM PDT by leadpenny
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To: stuartcr
I’ve never heard of a ‘lawmaker’, what’s in it?

You don't know what a 'lawmaker' is full of?

12 posted on 06/21/2007 5:42:38 AM PDT by MARTIAL MONK
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To: stuartcr

“I’ve never heard of a ‘lawmaker’, what’s in it?”

Mostly lies, greed, deceit, with a generous helping of inflated ego.


13 posted on 06/21/2007 5:42:52 AM PDT by driftdiver
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To: P-40

Another fine “Do you know who I am” moment in the annals of Politics.


14 posted on 06/21/2007 5:43:59 AM PDT by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: P-40

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).


15 posted on 06/21/2007 5:44:30 AM PDT by Leftism is Mentally Deranged
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To: EndWelfareToday

My son is a bartender and I’m amazed how he wields his authority when he needs to. The Captain of the ship


16 posted on 06/21/2007 5:46:04 AM PDT by leadpenny
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To: sgtbono2002
Why would any bar owner fire a waitress for not serving someone.

If the former bartender truly has a recording and her statements about its contents are accurate, her boss liked having the political clientèle and felt protected by them.

If I remember correctly, this is the same bar that Barrientos left when he was busted and his DWI video used in the campaign against him.
17 posted on 06/21/2007 5:46:17 AM PDT by P-40 (Al Qaeda was working in Iraq. They were just undocumented.)
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To: Oberon
"It's a misdemeanor offense for a bartender to serve a drink to someone who is intoxicated."

Well, it does say someone, not anyone. And "some" means you and me, not state senators.

18 posted on 06/21/2007 5:48:15 AM PDT by robertpaulsen
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To: theDentist

Ahh yes, the infamous “do you know who I am” card. It’s one of my favorites too.


19 posted on 06/21/2007 5:48:46 AM PDT by VA_Gentleman (Got a knack for being wrong - Dinosaur Jr.)
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To: Leftism is Mentally Deranged

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.


20 posted on 06/21/2007 5:49:54 AM PDT by Leftism is Mentally Deranged
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To: robertpaulsen
i.e., some animals are more equal than others, etc., etc...

It may be true, but I don't have to like it.

21 posted on 06/21/2007 5:51:40 AM PDT by Oberon (What does it take to make government shrink?)
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To: P-40
"Lara Wendler, Whitmire's legislative director, said Whitmire could not be reached for comment"

Ms. Wendler, I have a question: Would you have allowed the senator to drive you home that night if it involved crossing a small bridge over water with no guardrails?

22 posted on 06/21/2007 5:51:54 AM PDT by robertpaulsen
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To: P-40
"J&B and water"

She should have refused to serve him because he preferred diluted scotch.

23 posted on 06/21/2007 5:51:58 AM PDT by Nomorjer Kinov (If the opposite of "pro" is "con" , what is the opposite of progress?)
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To: Leftism is Mentally Deranged

It is something that this happened in early March and the story is breaking today. I think Whitmire just picked on the wrong person this time and has refused to call her tune.


24 posted on 06/21/2007 5:52:38 AM PDT by P-40 (Al Qaeda was working in Iraq. They were just undocumented.)
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To: Sig Sauer P220
A drunk politician. Imagine that.

A drunk politician on a power trip.

25 posted on 06/21/2007 5:53:28 AM PDT by al_c
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To: theDentist
"Another fine “Do you know who I am” moment in the annals of Politics."

Yeah, with an added "I'll have your job" thrown in for good measure.

26 posted on 06/21/2007 5:53:41 AM PDT by robertpaulsen
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To: VA_Gentleman
Reminds me of the joke about the new Lieutenant who got a little tipsy at the dining out and insulted the General's wife. The lady asked him, "Do you know who I am?" The Lieutenant replied, "Yes ma'am. Do you know who I am?"

The General's wife replied, "No I don't. Who are you?" at which point the LT ran out the front door.

27 posted on 06/21/2007 5:55:04 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack
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To: robertpaulsen

You’re right. I forgot that one.


28 posted on 06/21/2007 5:55:16 AM PDT by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: P-40

If Will Rogers were alive today he would have a field day with these scum bags we have in office today, national or at the state level.


29 posted on 06/21/2007 5:56:01 AM PDT by Americanexpat (A strong democracy through citizen oversight.)
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To: Nomorjer Kinov
She should have refused to serve him because he preferred diluted scotch.

And an average one even. Make mine a McClellan's Highland ... neat.

30 posted on 06/21/2007 5:57:23 AM PDT by al_c
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To: P-40
Whitmire could not be reached for comment Wednesday because he was traveling.

Doesn't he have a cell phone?

31 posted on 06/21/2007 5:58:58 AM PDT by HIDEK6
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To: HIDEK6
Doesn't he have a cell phone?

He should have a state-issued one. Perhaps he left the charger at home? :)
32 posted on 06/21/2007 6:00:56 AM PDT by P-40 (Al Qaeda was working in Iraq. They were just undocumented.)
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To: Nomorjer Kinov
She should have refused to serve him because he preferred diluted scotch.

He had to be drunk if he wasn't even ordering the good stuff.

33 posted on 06/21/2007 6:02:33 AM PDT by HIDEK6
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To: Joe 6-pack
A Lieutenant approached a private and asked him if he had change for a dollar. The private responded, "Yeah, I think I've got it right ..."

The Lieutenant interrupted him with, "Private! That's no way to address a superior officer. When you address a superior officer, you will say 'Sir'. Now, let's try this again. Do you have change for a dollar?"

The private responded, "No, Sir!"

34 posted on 06/21/2007 6:03:06 AM PDT by robertpaulsen
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To: Nomorjer Kinov

The clown would probably have diluted a good single malt.


35 posted on 06/21/2007 6:03:39 AM PDT by cannonball
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To: Leftism is Mentally Deranged

If she had served the scum and he had caused an accident, SHE would have been charged, not HIM! That’s the way things work. Ordinary people who work and pay taxes receive the rotten end of the stick while the elite gets away with murder. (Vince Foster, Ron Brown)


36 posted on 06/21/2007 6:06:21 AM PDT by Leftism is Mentally Deranged
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To: robertpaulsen
There are those that say the 4th Infantry Division Patch represents an aerial view of four Lieutenants with a compass pointing north....


37 posted on 06/21/2007 6:07:28 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack
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To: Leftism is Mentally Deranged
If she had served the scum and he had caused an accident, SHE would have been charged, not HIM!

This story is breaking while another recent incident that happened here is still fresh in people's minds where the bartender was charged and the owner will most likely lose his bar and everything else he owns. The person served was a police officer (he died) and the bar was closed to all but members of a police function.
38 posted on 06/21/2007 6:10:43 AM PDT by P-40 (Al Qaeda was working in Iraq. They were just undocumented.)
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To: EmilyGeiger
Wow, they actually posted a D beside his name.

Maybe the D was for Drunk.

39 posted on 06/21/2007 6:20:19 AM PDT by Niteranger68 (Amnesty….NO MEANS NO!)
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To: sgtbono2002

She should have done what the manager at the Austin Chuy’s does in these cases, call 911 and the media. Oh wait, that is only when they knowingly illegally served the Bush twins.


40 posted on 06/21/2007 6:23:59 AM PDT by weegee (Libs want us to learn to live with terrorism, but if a gun is used they want to rewrite the Const.)
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To: Nomorjer Kinov

That’s alcohol abuse.


41 posted on 06/21/2007 6:26:40 AM PDT by weegee (Libs want us to learn to live with terrorism, but if a gun is used they want to rewrite the Const.)
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To: stuartcr
I’ve never heard of a ‘lawmaker’, what’s in it?

If his name is Ted, about two gallons of scotch.

42 posted on 06/21/2007 6:27:11 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: P-40
all he would have to do was to make a phone call,"

He was going to call Teddy and Biden to do a sandwich on her.

43 posted on 06/21/2007 6:28:22 AM PDT by AmericaUnited
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To: P-40

My God....serving another drink to a drunk & bald democrat legislator should be a felony....a hanging offense....

Their judgement is poor enough without the addition of booze....


44 posted on 06/21/2007 6:28:46 AM PDT by cbkaty (I may not always post...but I am always here......)
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To: P-40

My God....serving another drink to a drunk & bald democrat legislator should be a felony....a hanging offense....

Their judgement is poor enough without the addition of booze....


45 posted on 06/21/2007 6:28:56 AM PDT by cbkaty (I may not always post...but I am always here......)
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To: 1riot1ranger; Action-America; Aggie Mama; Alkhin; Allegra; American72; antivenom; Antoninus II; ...

Houston “Do you know who I am” PING


46 posted on 06/21/2007 6:29:46 AM PDT by weegee (Libs want us to learn to live with terrorism, but if a gun is used they want to rewrite the Const.)
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To: stuartcr
You know, you managed a truly rare feat:

At the same time, a funny crack, AND (judging by the responses) a great straight line!

Don't see that too often.

47 posted on 06/21/2007 6:30:38 AM PDT by BibChr ("...behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them?" [Jer. 8:9])
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To: weegee

Actually he tends to get very sensitive when he gets drunk...

He gets the sniffles...

And it ain’t allergies...

hehehe


48 posted on 06/21/2007 6:37:54 AM PDT by stevie_d_64 (Houston Area Texans (I've always been hated))
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To: P-40

After working all day, he was probably just drunk with power.


49 posted on 06/21/2007 6:40:27 AM PDT by WV Mountain Mama (July is going to be a great month...)
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To: weegee

I wonder if some Republicans talked to this bartender after this incident about how nice a lawsuit would be and about how nice recorded conversations are when one is fired for doing the right thing. :)


50 posted on 06/21/2007 6:53:32 AM PDT by P-40 (Al Qaeda was working in Iraq. They were just undocumented.)
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