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Prescott's Whiskey Row bartenders know how to say 'no'

There's always at least one in every group, the guy who just doesn't know when to quit drinking. Sometimes they're a lightweight who can't take in more than a beer or two, or maybe they're a tank and can hold their own with the best of them. But at some point, they have to put the mug down, either by their own sense or at the behest of the bartender. Which begs the question, just how do the bartenders on Whiskey Row tell people they've had enough?

When it comes to J.J.' s Saloon, telling people they've had enough to drink or stopping them from driving away comes down to the desire to keep them and others safe, said bar owner Jennifer McCormick.

"It's really my standard," McCormick said, mentioning a recent time when a person kept asking to be served more, but was told no in order to keep them and those around them safe. "We'll ask if they need a ride ... or call a taxi."

Though some aren't exactly happy that they've been cut off, there really isn't all that much belligerency from patrons. Usually they'll just walk away or get into a taxi.

"Once you have that conversation with them, they usually see the light," McCormick said.


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