provided a lesson that all other casinos across the country should heed. That lesson has everything to do with training your serving staff to know when they should stop serving alcoholic beverages to certain individuals.
Throughout the years, there are countless stories with regard to standalone bars and restaurants being held liable for overserving customers. Sometimes the story is nothing more than someone being pulled over for a simple DUI, but other times there are lives that are lost as a result of a server’s negligence. This story falls right in between both of those situations.
Overserved Customer Crashes
Ohio authorities are fining Jack Cincinnati Casino $50,000 because a customer that was overserved there ended up getting into a vehicle crash that took the life of another person. Cory Lippmeier was a patron at the newly-renovated casino back in March where it is alleged that he was overserved by the casino’s bar staff. After finishing his night at the casino, Lippmeier got into his vehicle and attempted to make the journey back home. Unfortunately for him and a few other folks, he was far too intoxicated to be operating a motor vehicle.
According to authorities, Lippmeier was traveling at speeds in excess of 100 MPH and, at some point, lost control of his car and ended up striking another vehicle, that of 41-year old Scott Petredis. Petredis was pronounced dead at the scene. As a result of his actions, Lippmeier is facing 6 years in prison for aggravated vehicular homicide.
The $50,000 fine levied against Jack Cincinnati Casino is needed to be paid before the end of January if the casino would like to retain its liquor license. There is no word on whether Cincinnati Jack will fight the fine, but early word is that they will pay it and keep moving forward with business. As for what this means for other casinos across the country, no one is quite sure. The fact of the matter is that casinos need to be responsible for how much alcohol is being served to guests. As you may or may not know, most casinos serve alcohol free of charge, meaning that patrons can, theoretically, drink as much as they want. Without proper monitoring of how much alcohol is being given to certain patrons, situations like the one outlined above can present themselves in horrifying fashion.
As for Cincinnati Jack, this news is coming at what is, by most accounts, the worst possible time. The casino is struggling with stagnating revenues after massive renovations took place last year. With this type of negative publicity making the news, there is no saying what the future holds for the Ohio casino. Something else that is interesting to think about is how many times similar situations to this played out without casinos being held liable. As time moves forward and the scope of land-based gambling in the US grows, there is no doubt that law enforcement will do everything in its power to keep casinos from overserving guests.