On this blog, we have established that alcohol is not for kiddos. Beer, in particular, tastes nasty to a young chook’s palate. My dad bought me a beer when we were at the pub once. On the day of my 18th birthday.
A Newcastle man bought several schooners of beer for his 12 year old son (who possibly lacked taste buds) and then crashed his car into a concrete barrier near the pub. CCTV footage from the Hotel Jesmond showed the man drinking schooners and pushing several glasses of beer over to his son, who then drank about half the contents of two glasses. A witness alerted the bar staff and they ejected the man, the 12 year old boy and another son aged 8. The Drunken Daddy then got behind the wheel of his car with his two sons in tow and tried to drive away, but reversed into a concrete barrier instead. The licencee strode over and yoinked the keys out of the ignition and called the po-po while Drunken Daddy wobbled off across the road. When the cops showed up, Drunken Daddy had slurred speech and reeked of booze. He was taken to Waratah police station where he registered a BAC reading of 0.31 (0.05 is the legal limit in Australia). The boys were picked up by a family friend, and the father was driven home from the cop shop.
In court, Drunken Daddy denied that his sons were in the car when he tried to drive off, but the CCTV footage clearly showed the kids climbing into the car. The footage taken from the beer garden also showed the 12 year old drinking beer and and Drunken Daddy pushing schooners of beer towards him. The 12 year old still had a glass of beer in front of him when bar staff investigated, and he pushed the glass away when he realised they were being watched. So, the boy knew it was wrong, Dad knew it was wrong, yet they continued? It seems the boy has brain damage from all this drinking and has possibly destroyed his taste buds in the process (I like beer now, but not when I was 12!) I wonder how long the secondary supply has been going on for the boy to actually like the taste of beer?
Drunken Daddy was charged with supplying alcohol to a minor and high-range drink driving. The case has been adjourned until May. This isn’t Drunken Daddy’s first foray into drink driving, no siree. He was previously caught high range drink driving in 1993 and low range drink driving in 1997. His traffic record also contains several offences, including speeding and driving while his licence was cancelled.
A little bit about alcohol in Australia: It’s not unusual to see kids in pubs. Most Australian kids have been inside a pub before they turn 18. Most pubs in Australia have a beer garden (outdoor area where you can sit and drink, watch a band maybe), some have playgrounds and playrooms with video games, DVDs on the telly etc. Kids are allowed in the beer garden and the bistro, provided they’re in the immediate presence of a parent or guardian. Obviously they’re not allowed to drink alcohol.