Another Adjudication hearing in the books and two more minor decoy cases—a no contest plea by Bamboo Grill in Lahaina and a guilty plea by Makawao’s Liquor Shack & Grinds—bringing the total number of successful, er, excuse me, unsuccessful (see the October 8 LC Watch for more about the department’s questionable definition of success) minor decoy stings for the year to 17.
But here’s the truly significant number: three. That’s how many non-minor decoy stings the board has considered since January. Unless the December hearing contains an abnormally large slate of over-serving cases, this will be an unprecedented year for the LC’s punitive arm.
Think of it like this: the Adjudication Board has nine members, meaning right now there are three members for every non-minor decoy case considered in 2009.
What’s the point of all this? Only that the minor decoy program is looking more and more like the board’s only real reason for being.
In other, sillier news: Loyal readers will recall that, while parsing the department’s rules, we came across a line banning patrons or performers in liquor-selling establishments from wearing “artificial public hair.” This led to the revelation that the proper term for a set of fake pubes is a “merkin.” Yes, hard-hitting stuff.
We all had a few wry laughs and moved on…but then I got an e-mail from an anonymous reader last week pointing me to merkinworld.com, your source for “modern exciting designs using only the best quality materials and made entirely by hand.”
What you do with this information is entirely up to you—we are merely a conduit. Maui Time Weekly, Jacob Shafer