The Morning After
Any serious drinker will have been there at least once. You wake up with a hangover and only a fuzzy recollection of the night before. Slowly the foggy haze lifts and the memory returns. Did you really say that? Did you really do that? And who hasn’t spent more on a night’s drinking than they planned to? I know I have. But have you ever considered trying to get that money back?
Well William Ilg did. Waking up to the realisation that he’d run up a $28,000 bar tab at the Hustler Club in Manhattan; this being America, he promptly sued. Mr IIg’s case was simple: the club should not have continued to serve him because he was "no longer capable of conducting financial transactions". Further, the club had committed “a fraud and wrongful conversion” because they wouldn't give him a refund.
Sadly for him, the court wasn’t having any of it. It rejected his case along with his request for punitive damages for the club’s “outrageous conduct”. Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Manuel Mendez dismissed the case saying: “There is no duty upon (Hustler Club) to protect the plaintiff from the results of his (voluntary) intoxication.”
If you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime.