Oak Grove Fred Meyer fails at bartending
Last Friday morning I stopped by the Oak Grove Fred Meyer to get some groceries and checked out the bar/growler fill station to see what was on tap.
They had a barrel-aged beer that sounded good so later that afternoon my wife and I stopped back by the store with my growler to check it out. She shopped for some toys and I went to the bar.
Gracie was working and I asked her for a free sample of the brew. It was pretty good but I thought I would try a second beer before investing in a growler fill. She told me I could not have a second sample. I thought she meant I could only get one free taste so I said I would go ahead and buy a glass of the second beer. She then said I could not have any more beer. I asked her what she meant and she said she thought I was drunk so I could not purchase any beer.
The manager Dave was behind her watching. I explained to her that I had not had anything at all to drink and she said she saw me "wobble in my chair" and was too drunk to serve. I did not have alcohol on my breath, slurred speech, or bloodshot eyes as I was stone, cold sober. She just walked away like I was a drunken bum not worth her time. Dave didn't seem to care either.
I understand that over serving is a big problem and probably even worse during the holidays. Before insulting a customer by assuming they are drunk because they "wobbled in their chair," Gracie or Dave could have investigated further by engaging me is some conversation or making some additional observations. There were only two other customers at the bar and they were not busy.
I am retired after 25 years in law enforcement and my credibility is beyond reproach. I am also well versed in the signs and symptoms of intoxication and as I said, was exhibiting none of them. If Fred Meyer is going to be in the bar business they need to better train their folks in the art of determining the sobriety of their customers.
They left me feeling embarrassed, insulted, and betrayed. Guess it's back to McGrath's, where I am always treated with respect. You won't find me at Freddy's bar.
Larry Kidd is a resident of Milwaukie.