Monday, June 11, 2007

Taking Responsibility

This just came over the BHI wires: "Crash-linked booze trial pushed back," from KRQE News 13 in Albuquerque, N.M. A woman is on trial for selling a six pack to a guy who ended up killing a family and himself in a drunk driving crash. Apparently, the guy was already drunk when he bought the beer at a convenience store and the clerk still sold it to him. Since when is a cashier a police officer?

It's a tragedy that the family was killed, but the clerk should not be liable for this man's actions. This six pack was not the cause of the collision. It was the however many drinks he had before that. The clerk should have alerted police, but she should not be held accountable for this man getting drunk on a plane, driving drunk home, stopping for more beer and driving the wrong way down the highway. Otherwise, everyone who had contact with him between the airport and the wreck should be included in this trial.

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