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Dangerous DORA cups?

With all the conversation in City Hall about the implementation of a designated outdoor refreshment area in Tiffin, it would seem the question of liability is being glossed over a bit too lightly. Mayor Aaron Montz has stated that “injuries that may be incurred and public intoxication issues will still fall under disorderly conduct, the same laws that are in place now. Issues like this can still come back on establishments, or the people responsible.” Marlene Reino of Reino’s Pasta and Pizza said, “If something happens involving someone who came into our establishment, the last thing they’ll find on them might be a DORA cup with our logo on it. Anybody with a liquor license knows that’s a big deal.”

Part of DORA regulation is that the plastic cups used for the adult beverages that can be taken outside must have the logo of the establishment where they were sold printed on them. Assuming the person consuming the beverage is still thinking logically after finishing it, they will hopefully dispose of it properly, probably in an outdoor trash container. But think about what could happen next. It is easy to envision underage high school or college students lifting the cups out of the trash. The cup then becomes a ticking time bomb of liability for the establishment whose logo is on it.

The imagination runs wild when considering all the possible troublesome, if not downright dangerous, scenarios that could play out. Establishments that are promoting DORA had better think twice. Yes, you have liability insurance, but is it enough? What will happen to your insurance premiums if you participate in DORA? Even with insurance, will your business survive a lawsuit stemming from such a thing?

Is it really a good idea for you to let people carry those cups outside, where you lose control over their use, but still remain liable for so many possible things that could go wrong? Think about it.

Jim Hoffert,

Bloom Township

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