Letter to the Editor

Bar safety, made simple

To the editor: Manage police emergency calls to bars by simply charging for the service. The city of Fairbanks should charge, say, $250 for each emergency police call to a bar. The price should double after, say, 10 calls in a calendar year.

The bar owner has a choice: He can collect credit card numbers for each patron who orders a drink and have the patron sign and agree that if his behavior necessitates a call, the credit card will be charged. If the bartender elects to accept cash rather than credit card, then the bar owner pays for the police call.

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