One would be fooling oneself if you think the bars do not serve drunks.
Take it from me, the only way the bar can make money is by opening after 10 p.m. By then, most patrons are inebriated before they get in. Stand outside any night club and watch the circus.
Police have to spend wasteful tax dollars dealing with the stupid; look at the cost for the hospital emergency department. A bar charges $5 entrance for 300 persons, plus beer at $5 a bottle. I work the income to approximately $46,000 a month. Multiply that by 12, and taking the $24,000 fee that’s still a hell of a deal.
The cost to the hospital and RCMP would be a heck of a lot more just for a few revellers.
I know that most leave the Barking Parrot and make for the Mule after 12.30 a.m. Why keep it open till 4 a.m.?
Penticton is trying to sell itself as a family and wine tour destination, which generates income for many businesses, so why would one make a fuss over one bar in town? I do love to party, too.