TRENTON, N.J: If you ordered a scotch in a New Jersey bar or restaurant, you may have been drinking rubbing alcohol. After a rash of complaints about possibly mislabeled drinks, state authorities launched an investigation calling it “Operation Swill.” What it found was disturbing.
“Operation Swill” cited twenty-nine bars and restaurants for putting cheap booze in premium brand liquor bottles and selling it at premium prices.
At one bar, premium liquor bottles were refilled with dirty water.
At another, rubbing alcohol was mixed with food dye and sold as scotch.
Thirteen of the restaurants named in the scotch scandal are TGI Fridays. TGI Fridays Inc. released a statement saying that it’s working with the franchisee that owns the 13 restaurants to investigate the allegations, which it called serious.
The bar using the rubbing alcohol was not identified.
(Sources: National Post, ABC)
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