- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Lawmakers in Michigan are fighting for the rights of beer drinkers, demanding bar owners quit ripping them off and pour the full 16 ounces, when it’s the full 16 ounces that are purchased.

A proposed law would ban what bar linguists call “cheater glasses,” or those with thick bottoms that deceived the drinker into believing they’re downing a full pint, rather than a lesser amount, United Press International reported.

Beer drinkers have a Democrat to thank if the law passes.

Sponsor Rep. Jim Irwin said the state already regulates other food items to ensure buyers are provided what they purchase — why not beer?

“When people buy a pint and they’re served less than a pint, it strikes me as sort of low-level fraud,” he said, UPI reported.

But Scott Ellis, executive director of the Michigan Licensed Beverage Association, said a pint, to most customers, was an estimate. He also called the bill silly, in the face of other pressing political issues.

“We have other pressing issues right now that need to be addressed over the amount of alcohol in the pint,” Mr. Ellis said.

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