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Brewers fans need to lay off the beer

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May 1, 2008

What many of you don’t know is that I work in the retail department at Miller Park, home of the Milwaukee Brewers. I sell T-shirts, hats and novelties out of a portable stand along the concourse.

Nothing bothers me more than a drunk spectator coming up to my stand and demanding a deal for stuff. For example, I had someone complain that the cheap, two-dollar pen didn’t work. Instead of accepting a replacement, he kept asking me for a free mini-bat in exchange for “his trouble.”

Quite frankly, the only trouble he had was stumbling back to my stand to argue with me.

At this point, customer service goes out the window. Not only am I agitated with the person, I am also agitated with the beer vendors for selling more beer to these already intoxicated fans. Needless to say, he exchanged the pen and $4 for the bat, but not without making smoke come out of my ears.

Why do fans insist on displaying their public drunkenness? For one thing, it is unattractive. Not only are you acting like a complete idiot, but you smell like stale beer and vomit. Secondly, it’s disrespectful to other fans and stadium workers like ushers and police officers who have to deal with you.

It makes me wonder how many of those fans are driving home drunk and driving the same roads as families with children.

I’m pleading with you: don’t be that “drunk as a skunk” fan who causes headaches before the handover comes. It’s really unflattering, not to mention not worth the $6 per beer.