Bars and nightclubs are high energy, fast paced environments. But like any business, they have their own unique challenges and risks associated with them. Because they sell alcohol, the potential liabilities club owners and even employees face can be a little intimidating. No business owner wants to have to contest a lawsuit, but in today’s litigious society, there always seems to be someone seeking to make a quick buck. This is not to infer there are not legitimate claims out there, but many lawsuits are trivial and looking for that fast settlement. So what can an owner do to protect his or her interests and still run a profitable club or bar? Why not take a look at the advantages of starting a bottle service that includes Alpha bottle locks to minimize liabilities?
Unfortunately where alcohol is served, there is a strong likelihood that at some point someone will become too intoxicated and a fight will break out. If a nightclub has a bottle service option, a well-trained serving staff can monitor alcohol consumption by the parties they are serving. How so? This service provides customers who purchase it, special treatment and a dedicated server. The level of service purchased determines the number of and type of bottled alcohol beverages they will be served. The bottles come with bottle locks, such as the Alpha EASy bottle guard, that can only be opened with a key held by the server. The server controls the amount of alcohol consumed by members of a group and can determine if an individual may have reached their limit and can stop serving that person. Think of the benefit to your nightclub if you could cut off alcohol to patrons before they hit a level of intoxication that might contribute to a fight.
Starting and running bars and clubs costs money. One must invest in a building, equipment, merchandise (in this case primarily alcoholic beverages) and staff. While nightclubs have the potential to bring in significant profits, there are expenses that have to be controlled or those profits will quickly dwindle away. Insurance is one of those costs required for any business, but the bar and club owner have to be sure to have coverage for more than just liability coverage. Do you have property insurance to cover damages due to broken property if a fight breaks out? Furnishings, glasses, signs, even the exterior of the building such as landscaping need to be covered. If, as mentioned above, your wait staff is trained to identify customers who are becoming too intoxicated they can use their customer service training and control of the bottle lock key to cut off drinks to a patron who may start a fight, become involved in a fight, or simply start falling into things and breaking them. Prevention can save you on insurance by not having to file claims.
Is your club insured for liability that covers dram shop laws? These laws hold bars and clubs liable if they serve a person that is intoxicated and that person injures a third party, which may include car accidents. Making bottle service an option in your club may help to limit this risk. Trained staff who may suspect a member of the party they are serving has had too much to drink they can keep the EASy bottle lock on and prevent further service. They can partner with management to make arrangements for a taxi, or they can work with a party leader to ensure there is a designated driver who can get the patron home.
Use of EASy bottle locks can also protect a bar or club owner against employee theft, another concern when looking at property insurance. It is not a pleasant thought to consider that your employees might steal from you, but it happens and in a club without controls in place, employees could easily hide bottles and leave with them. Having an EAS system and using EASy bottle locks, you can deter employees from leaving work with your product, since the lock will alarm at the antenna. As long as you have key controls in place, employees will not be able to get the caps off if they were to get a bottle home. Lose too many bottles and you may have to file property loss claims against your insurer.
Taking steps to minimize insurance claims, by using bottle service in your nightclub and Alpha locks on your bottles can reduce your expenses. Fewer insurance claims leads to more money in your pocket. See if bottle service might be the right fit for your club.
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