You've heard the whining before, "Lawsuits are destroying small businesses, creating uncertainty, and wasting money that could be used to hire more employees."
Turned the Tables: Businesses are now encouraged to sue citizens in Walker's world.
WSJ: "Senate Bill 46, known as the 'Brown Jug bill' for the Alaskan bar that first had a similar law passed, would allow the owners of bars or other establishments that sell alcohol to take underage drinkers who knowingly purchase alcohol from their businesses to court. The underage drinker would be required to pay the business owner $1,000 if found guilty"… underage drinkers are already subject to a fine ranging from $250 to $1,000 for violating the state’s underage drinking law.This from the party that hates litigation. This flip in policy, giving businesses the power to sue consumers, is only the beginning. There are a few other problems:
1. Doesn't this let the bars off the hook? Heck, they can let a few kids in for profit.
2. The Alaskan bar I believe, only fined the underage drinker $250, not $1,000.
3. That $1,000 fine will kill that families discretionary spending for awhile, slowing the economy. That's why we don't have excessive fines. Let's face it, we're not talking about just a few offenders. A smaller fine gets the point across.
4. This won't stop underage drinking, because no one expects to get caught.