OK, this is just weird. I am used to reading reports every day on disorderly bars in one place or another but usually the disorder is caused by drunk patrons, not the staff as the Kentucky Alcoholic Beverages Control Board found this week:
...most of the disputes were related to searches for stolen beer steins, which Hofbrauhaus buys for about $5 and sells for $15.90 with meals. Hofbrauhaus estimates that about 150 to 200 of these one-liter steins are stolen each week, and signs are posted warning patrons that purses and other items are subject to search. "Patrons who failed to produce a sales receipt or who declined to undergo a search were physically restrained," the board found. "The latter policy resulted in a pattern of confrontation and physical violence between Hofbrauhaus security employees and patrons."
Isn't it a bit weird that there are 150 to 200 stein thefts a week? Or that a place with "a pattern of confrontation and physical violence" is also called a "tourist attraction"? Have a look at their website, however - it does look pretty swell. Maybe they just have to drop the "pay ten bucks and keep the stein" offer on the menu. If my business was claiming to be the site of 7,000 to 10,000 crimes a year, I might think about it.
But, really... I blame breweriana fans.