Bar served rubbing alcoho

Bar served rubbing alcohol (photo courtesy Craig Spurrier)

A bar served rubbing alcohol to its customers reports the Washington Post.

According to the Post, “Operation Swill” was concocted at a New Jersey bar.

As many as 29 bars in the area are accused of putting questionable substances in their alcholoc.

Although the specific bar has not been named, TGI Fridays locations in central and northern New Jersey are among the many that have had 1,000 bottles of alcohol confiscated by authorities for testing, state Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa said.

“This alleged scheme is a dishonest ruse to increase profits and is a slap in the face of the consumer,” Chiesa said.

According to the Post, within seven days each bar must turn over records of how much each patron was overcharged and provide employment history for their workers.

The Post writes:

The investigation started after the state began receiving more complaints than usual about possibly mislabeled drinks, said the director of the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control, Michael Halfacre. An informant with knowledge of the industry contacted the agency in the fall to help in the investigation, he said.

In January and February, investigators went to 63 establishments they suspected were scamming liquor customers. They ordered drinks neat — that is, without ice or mixers — and then covertly took samples for testing.

Of 150 samples collected, 30 were not the brand as which they were being sold.

TGI Fridays Inc. said in a statement it’s working with the franchisee and owner of the restaurants to investigate the allegations, which it called serious.

Rubbing alcohol is often used to disinfect, to bring down fever and to soothe skin and it is made of 70 percent isopropyl alcohol in water. The ingredient used isopropyl is twice toxic and has a high effect on the central nervous system. It causes alcohol poisoning which leads to vomiting, confusion and slow breath.

No health problems were reported as a result of the bar serving rubbing alcohol.

Bar served rubbing alcohol