St. Louis City Alderman Charles Troupe
would like to know what, exactly, is in that cup, please.
Troupe, who represents St. Louis' first ward
, had the first reading of a bill he sponsored at meeting of the Board of Aldermen last Friday. Simply put, Board Bill No. 146 would like you to stop having fun, aka drinking in public. Unless you're at work. Or, naturally, on a picnic.
Drinking in public, if the bill is passed, would be punished with a minimum $500 fine and at least 80 hours of community service.
The bill, if passed, would put stricter limitations on public drinking.
No person shall drink any nonintoxicating beer or intoxicating liquor in any park, public building, street, sidewalk, alley, parking lot, thoroughfare, or other public place unless consumption...has been expressly authorized.
Well, that's a bummer. A little like Green Eggs and Ham (our slightly modified version, of course:
You cannot drink it with a fox
You cannot drink it in a box
You cannot drink it here or there
You cannot drink it anywhere!
But wait, there's an exception! The bill goes on:
...nothing herein contained shall be construed to prohibit the consumption of nonintoxicating beer or intoxicating liquor by working persons near mealtime near their assigned work areas, or by picnic groups in public parks, providing that the person or persons consuming beverages are not noisy, riotous or disorderly in any manner.
Long live the business lunch!
The Daily RFT
has a call in to Alderman Troupe's office to chat about the bill, but in the meantime, you can read the full text on Troupe's site
(click BB146 and a PDF will pop up and download).