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Shaddrack Sun 12-Feb-17 10:42:02

Is it the norm for pubs to refuse customers water if they think they've drunk too much alcohol?
Went out last night, my friend had over done it and asked for a glass of water before we left to walk home but was refused due to "the science"
I've googled but I can't find this science, all I can find is suggestions you refuse any more alcohol and offer water!
I think it was such a shitty thing to do, not just unreasonable but actually fairly irresponsible. But maybe i'm just not privy to the right "science"?

clarkeologist Sun 12-Feb-17 10:44:42

Yup. That's ridiculous.

SalmonFajitas Sun 12-Feb-17 10:46:28

YANBU that's ridiculous. I can understand them not wanting a group of people taking up a table all drinking tap water but if you've been there buying drinks and need some water it's irresponsible not to hand any out.

southwest1 Sun 12-Feb-17 10:46:49

It's a condition of their license that they have to provide free tap water.

NarkyMcDinkyChops Sun 12-Feb-17 10:47:24

If she was pissed she probably misheard or misunderstood what they said to her.

LadyPenelopeCantDance Sun 12-Feb-17 10:47:52

Pretty sure they are legally obliged to provide it under their licensing conditions.

Shaddrack Sun 12-Feb-17 10:49:10

That's what i thought especially as he'd already served her alcohol. It seems irresponsible to then refuse water.

user1470041360 Sun 12-Feb-17 10:50:04

They should have given water. They sound like a shit pub with shit staff.

Shaddrack Sun 12-Feb-17 10:50:36

She definitely didn't mishear I was there too. Then another friend asked which was when he cited "the science" as the reason.

HermioneJeanGranger Sun 12-Feb-17 10:51:21

I'm pretty sure they're legally obliged to give tap water.

user892 Sun 12-Feb-17 10:51:49

Report them to whoever issues their licence.

Perihelion Sun 12-Feb-17 10:54:07

Sure they didn't say "the license" especially if it was after last orders?

RoonilWaslib Sun 12-Feb-17 10:54:19

The only possible explanation is that drinking water the next day after a heavy night on cider supposedly dilutes it and can make your drunk again.

Unless the landlord is a qualified GP, I'm not sure they have grounds to be refusing water to patrons based on "science"

ArchNotImpudent Sun 12-Feb-17 10:55:04

Was it after the pub had stopped serving, and could he possibly have said it was because of 'the licence' not 'the science'?

CaraAspen Sun 12-Feb-17 10:56:09

More likely they wanted her to BUY a soft drink.

harderandharder2breathe Sun 12-Feb-17 10:56:33

Yanbu they should give a glass of tap water if requested. I also think you likely misheard and they said license although not sure if the license affects them giving a glass of tap water out for free

Vanillamanilla1 Sun 12-Feb-17 10:56:33

I was out last week and we got absolutely hammered inthe pub
My friend went to buy more and they suggested we had water instead
"The science -" absolute tosh

NarkyMcDinkyChops Sun 12-Feb-17 10:57:17

*The only possible explanation is that drinking water the next day after a heavy night on cider supposedly dilutes it and can make your drunk again
This is not remotely true, logical or possible. And unless she had slept in the pub and was asking for water the next morning, not even applicable.

cazzyg Sun 12-Feb-17 11:00:17

Rubbish. It's against their license not to provide water and when I worked in bars (admittedly a very long time ago) a glass of tap water wouldn't have gone through the till and could have been given even after we'd stopped serving.

Trainspotting1984 Sun 12-Feb-17 11:02:03

Ha ha no I suspect they just thought it would be easy to get rid of a drunk person with a stupid answer

EveOnline2016 Sun 12-Feb-17 11:02:12

Could it be that the drinking water has been tested and is unsafe to drink.

ArchNotImpudent Sun 12-Feb-17 11:02:24

Apparently some licences specify a specific time by which everyone has to be off the premises - if it was 'the licence' could your friend have fallen foul of that?

ArchNotImpudent Sun 12-Feb-17 11:04:17

specify a specific aargh! Tautology!

insancerre Sun 12-Feb-17 11:04:57

Seems like they are in breach of the law

Shaddrack Sun 12-Feb-17 11:08:25

No they were still serving, and he did let her buy a coke!
It was the barman not the landlord, I did think he was just being a dick.

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