An Ohio bartender has been let go from her job for doing what police say was the right thing.
Twyla Devito worked as a bartender at the Amercian Legion Post in Shelby, Ohio. She says she liked her job and felt like the Legion did a lot of good things for the local community and the veterans. What did Devito do to get fired? She called the police on a bar patron wo was later found to be driving while twice over the legal alcohol limit. Devito was also told by her former employer that “‘it’s bad for business to have a bartender that will call the cops.’”
DeVito’s former employer apparently stands by the decision to terminate her employment. “If every patron who comes in here has to worry about the cops waiting for them when they leave, the place would be empty,” Mic Hubbard, a commander of the post, told 10TV News.
Firing bartenders for dealing with customers happens at even the most upscale of restaurants. P. J. Clarke's in Manhattan reportedly let go a famed bartender last year for trying to deal with an drunk man who was harassing other customers.
Drunk driving remains a serious problem across the country. More than 10,000 people died in the U.S. as a direct result of driving drunk in 2010, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. And 341 of those deaths reportedly occurred in Ohio, one of only 16 states where the problem was getting worse, not better, as of 2010, according to the The Columbia Dispatch. In addition, Texas police recently arrested a bartender after undercover officers found her providing a patron with a few too many drinks.
"They do a lot of good for this community, for our veterans. I came into work, he was already there, pretty much hammered. He ordered a beer, I gave it to him, and then I started to try to slow it down, serving him. I called the police and said we have a very drunk person leaving the bar. He is going to kill someone or himself. He said I'm gonna have to fire you because it's bad for business to have a bartender that will call the cops," said Devito.
Shelby Police Chief Charlie Roub said in an official statement that the bar patron's blood alcohol level was just a little over twice the legal limit. Roub also went on to say that he is not pleased with the way that Devito was punished for trying to save the patron's life.
"I'm not very pleased by that. I mean here we have someone that's trying to do something right and ends up getting punished for it," said Roub.
As of yet, the Legion Post Commander will not give an official statement on camera. Post Commander Mic Hubbard did say, however, that even though what Devito did was right, the decision will still hurt his business.