Bar owners, police help defeat proposed "sober server" ordinance

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - It was standing room only at a Green Bay city committee meeting where the discussion revolved around sober servers.

About a dozen bar and restaurant owners addressed the Protection and Welfare Committee about a proposed ordinance to penalize servers who drink on the job.

The proposal was put forward by Alderman Randy Scannell. He says his intent was to change perception and promote responsible drinking.

The Green Bay Police Department said it hasn't seen a problem with servers being too intoxicated on the job, and bar owners said it's their responsibility if their staff gets out of hand.

"We had a number of bar owners come out and vouched for the fact that we do control our establishments quite well in Green Bay, and we look forward to doing that more in the future," Don Mjelde, president of the Brown County Tavern League, said.

After some discussion, the proposed ordinance was put on file.