Going to the pub? You’ll need to pass a drugs test first

For crying out loud.

Pub-goers in Aberdeen are facing a drugs test before entering bars as part of a crackdown by Grampian Police.

Officers in the force will be the first in Scotland to use an Itemiser – a device which can detect traces of drugs from hand swabs in a matter of seconds.

The test is voluntary, but customers will be refused entry if they do not take part.

[Via Fark]

4 thoughts on “Going to the pub? You’ll need to pass a drugs test first

  1. andi says:

    hope the clean their own hands first, watch as pubs empty, both from the guilty not getting in and the innocent turning around and trying a different pub, the resulting complaints from publicans about the lost business, the increased drinking in the street/home

    are they really gonna stand outside every single pub, 2 or 3 officers by 100 pubs (don’t know just a guess) by 7 days thats about 7000 extra police hours in a week, all to nab a few junkies and dope heads

    i’d love to see them try that in glasgow

  2. Squander Two says:

    > all to nab a few junkies and dope heads

    Will they even manage that, though? Surely you’d need more evidence than a positive test on one of these devices to get a conviction, ’cause there are so many completely innocent ways to end up with traces of drugs on your hands. Presumably, they’ll use a positive test as an excuse to search you, but that’s not going to get them any results when they’ve given the public a heads-up: no-one’s going to be taking their drugs to the pub.

    I once had my DNA taken by the police ’cause I lived in Garnethill when Emily Mutch was murdered. They tested everyone. I don’t think I particularly objected, because they were actually investigating a serious crime that had taken place. But I do detest this new approach of just checking everyone’s guilt all the time, not because they’re investigating a particular crime, but just on the off-chance.

  3. Armin says:

    I still like this part most:

    “The test is voluntary, but customers will be refused entry if they do not take part.”

    Doesn’t sound very voluntary to me. But I can see the perfect strategy for muggers coming:

    “You can give me all your valuables voluntarily, but if you don’t I’m afraid I’ll have to beat you up.”

    “No, officer, I didn’t rob him. He gave me all his stuff voluntarily. Honest, guv!”

  4. Gary says:

    Maybe there’s more to the story and it’s going to be in pubs where there’s been trouble. But it’s still guilty until proven innocent.

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