Watch what you drink in Hoboken!

11/10/2009:

Be really careful the next time you chug a drink in the Mile Square City of Hoboken!

Hoboken411 reader Tom details an uncomfortable situation he was in at a local bar this past weekend…

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“Gag me with a cap…”

“While drinking at one of my favorite downtown bars, I ordered SIX cherry bombs and unfortunately the one I took had a Miller Lite bottle cap in the bottom. (reminder: cherry bombs come in rocks glasses not shot glasses) so we raise our shot glasses and slug them down in one gulp…

Immediately after I started to gag feeling something in my throat, I went outside and “pulled the trigger” and the feeling wouldn’t go away. A few minutes pass by and the ambulance comes and take me to the HUMC.

I get there around 1:30am and within half an hour I’m getting X-rays. All the while I’ve got this extreme pain in my throat and can’t swallow. I look at the film with the xray tech and its clear to me that an entire beer bottle cap is stuck in my throat. I go back to my bed to try and relax as they tell me that they need to assemble a team together for endoscopy in the morning. I tell them that waiting 6 more hours is going to be hell, so I try pulling the trigger again and I can’t dislodge it.

I can’t lay back because it feels like the cap is going to rip through my throat, and I refuse the narcotic pain medicine, opting for Tramadol. Made me feel a little better but as soon as I would relax I would start to choke and gag. 7am comes around and I get wheeled up to the endoscopy room. They set me up and tell me the details as we wait for the doctors to come in. Another half hour goes by and the doctor comes in and within a few minutes I’m given the anesthesia and wake up feeling slightly better and the bottle cap is no longer in my throat.

It’ll be a few days until i can eat solid food again since my throat is all cut up there’s some pain swallowing but at least I didn’t swallow it and have it do damage to my stomach / intestines. Now I’m a bit more careful when i order my drinks… and no, I wasn’t drunk either believe it or not!”

411 Followup – Tom added later: “HUMC treatment was good, the nurses were real nice, I wasn’t too thrilled about waiting all those hours but i wasn’t bleeding or choking so no immediate danger – (There were surgeons on hand if something terrible were to happen) Also I had to wait until the endoscopy team got together, two nurses, the doctor commuting from Brooklyn, and the anesthesiologist.”

He also added that the things were worked out with the bar that provided him with the “Emergency Room Shot…” – However, if I were the bar owner – I’d fire that bartender pretty much on the spot.

HAS THIS EVER HAPPENED TO YOU???

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20 Comments on "Watch what you drink in Hoboken!"

Furey
Member

One of the dishwasher machine vs sink arguements that many fail to understand is that a sink, over hours, gets dirty. In a perfect world, the bartender would empty and refill a dirty sink and put fresh new tabs of detergent and santitizer into them.

Often, that doesn’t happen.

What does happen is after 7 hours of working in a busy bar, the sinks are filthy from washing 500 pint glasses, and the bartenders can’t be bothered to stop and clean them.

When it was Dipper’s I would clean the sinks about once a night.

bizarro
Member

My first job was a dishwasher. Even industrial dishwashers recycle the same water for a period of time. We’d change the water in the dishwasher about twice a day. It’s not really that different from the three sink method that you see behind the bar except that there’s a filter inside the machine to capture food particles from being recycled continuously in the dishwater. It looks sort of gross, but there’s a high enough chemical concentration in either method to keep it sanitary.

In response to Furey who said:
One of the dishwasher machine vs sink arguements that many fail to understand is that a sink, over hours, gets dirty. In a perfect world, the bartender would empty and refill a dirty sink and put fresh new tabs of detergent and santitizer into them.

Often, that doesn’t happen.

What does happen is after 7 hours of working in a busy bar, the sinks are filthy from washing 500 pint glasses, and the bartenders can’t be bothered to stop and clean them.

When it was Dipper’s I would clean the sinks about once a night.

hobposer
Member
hobposer

I know a guy that once found a hearing aid in his drink at the Wilton House

escaped68
Member

Whats the punch line????

In response to midtownauthentic who said:
I know a guy that once found a hearing aid in his drink at the Wilton House

hobposer
Member
hobposer

you’re kidding right? Take a guess escaped

In response to escaped68 who said:
Whats the punch line????

mooshu
Member
mooshu

I hope this guy recovers soon.

I’m not on the bar’s side by any stretch, but how did the view of the cap go past him? Was the drink too dark? Was he already intoxicated? Or both?

jc5201
Member
jc5201

Hope he feels better, and kudos to him for not trying to embarrass the bar for an oversight.

Furey – If I was a betting man, I would assume that this place did not wash this glass by hand, and was probably done by a machine. I’ve worked in bars that wash by machine & by hand, and I’d much rather go to a place that washes by hand. Machine washed glasses sit around for long periods of time, allowing stuff like bottle caps to stick to a glass. Stick hard enough that water alone won’t get it out. Some placed don’t use soap in machines, thinking hot water is good enough.

By law, there’s supposed to be three sinks, wash, disinfect and rinse. The disenfectant tabs that are used in most places (even dives) are strong enough to kill HIV. Most machines don’t have a hook up for disenfectant.

Realistically, it comes down the people and the place.

The dishwasher should have noticed. The bartender should have noticed, and the patron should have notice. But mistakes do happen.

nbm3
Member
nbm3

Machines are way better because they use a detergent, a rinsing agent, and finally a sanitizing agent. You don’t get that in a hand wash from a sink.

In response to jc5201 who said:
Hope he feels better, and kudos to him for not trying to embarrass the bar for an oversight.

Furey – If I was a betting man, I would assume that this place did not wash this glass by hand, and was probably done by a machine. I’ve worked in bars that wash by machine & by hand, and I’d much rather go to a place that washes by hand. Machine washed glasses sit around for long periods of time, allowing stuff like bottle caps to stick to a glass. Stick hard enough that water alone won’t get it out. Some placed don’t use soap in machines, thinking hot water is good enough.

By law, there’s supposed to be three sinks, wash, disinfect and rinse. The disenfectant tabs that are used in most places (even dives) are strong enough to kill HIV. Most machines don’t have a hook up for disenfectant.

Realistically, it comes down the people and the place.

The dishwasher should have noticed. The bartender should have noticed, and the patron should have notice. But mistakes do happen.

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