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January 09, 2004

In Their Cups

What do the Australian police have against this poor woman?


photo via Yahoo

After all, she's just trying to earn a living.

Fans pay the women up to 70 dollars an hour to buy drinks so they can concentrate on the game but police fear the practice contributes to binge drinking and drunkenness.

The women first appeared at Test matches last year and police believe they will be offering their services at the one-dayers, which traditionally attract a more rowdy crowd than the five-day version of the game.

While authorities are powerless to ban the women outright, they can prosecute them if they are found to be serving alcohol to anyone who is intoxicated.

Binge drinking and drunkenness are a function of the drinker, not the ease of access to the drink. Ban the beer wenches, and those who patronized them will buy two or three beers at a go rather than make extra trips. They'll get just as drunk, and just as disruptive. Banning beer wenches restricts the entrepreneurial spirit, not drunkeness.

Update: Another out-of work wench

Posted by Bigwig at January 9, 2004 11:35 AM | TrackBack
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Comments

Huh. Weird, I was just looking at that picture on yahoo this morning.

I've got to make the switch from lj over to a regular old blog. Too much drama on lj. Hrm. Sadly, I don't really know how to go about making a blog.

Posted by: Sharon at January 9, 2004 12:13 PM

Do they really call them beer WENCHES?

Posted by: lotus at January 9, 2004 12:14 PM

That reminds me. Has Ngnat become a reliable beer delivery vehicle yet?

Posted by: Andy Freeman at January 9, 2004 12:51 PM

I suspect the controversy is due to the fact that she is scantily clad, not the drunkeness of the fans.

Posted by: Captain Holly at January 9, 2004 02:19 PM

Nice cans.

Posted by: MojoMark at January 9, 2004 05:15 PM

I don't know much, but I do know that I love that woman.

Posted by: Jim at January 9, 2004 09:24 PM

I could use one of those...

Posted by: ronbailey at January 10, 2004 06:58 AM
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