Glassings are a concern to publicans.
Glassings are a concern to publicans.

Zero tolerance for glassing, hotel

SMASHING a glass in the face of another person can cause debilitating and even fatal injuries to an unsuspecting victim.

But frighteningly an empty glass is becoming the weapon of choice for many boozed-up pub patrons looking to prove their superiority on an alcohol-fuelled night out.

At the weekend two people were taken to hospital after being allegedly glassed during a fight at a licensed premises in the Warwick CBD, presenting the fear of further glassing attacks in town.

Criterion Hotel manager Sean Flint said he has not had to deal with one glassing incident in his seven months at the hotel and said he has implemented other strategies to curb alcohol-related violence.

He said a group of local licensees joined the Liquor Accord as a way to collectively fight pub violence.

The group holds meetings to discuss issues such as banning patrons who are violent or cause problems at the venues.

“I don't believe in these one-month bans; if you mess up at the Criterion you will be gone and you won't come back,” he said.

“If we're not all banded together, then from here they will just go somewhere else to drink.”

Mr Flint said that although he hoped glass would eventually be phased out, there was still a stigma attached to serving drinks from plastic containers.

“If you walk into a hotel and get served a beer in a plastic cup, your first thought is this is a rough pub and let me out of here,” Mr Flint said.

The Horse and Jockey Hotel pack away their glasses at 8pm on weekends, replacing them with a polycarbonate substitute that bears a striking resemblance.

Warwick Police Acting Senior Sergeant Shane Reid said the decision to transition from glass to plastic containers was a matter for the individual licensees.

“I wouldn't say glassing is a big issue at the moment, but it is an ever-present issue,” he said.

“However from a police perspective, changes implemented to reduce injuries resulting from alcohol-fuelled violence and shattered glass will always be supported by police.”


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