What’s one sip of beer worth to you? Well, one sip almost cost a North Yorkshire, UK, bar owner £5,000 and her professional reputation.
Michelle Craggs and her husband Neville took over the Fleece Inn about three years ago. Last July, officials from the government’s trading standards department visited the pub for an inspection.
After examining two pints of beer poured by a trainee bartender, they determined that the glass of ale was 31ml — or about six teaspoons — short of a full pint.
The tiny deficit of beer in the glass was enough to have Craggs hauled before a government board for committing an offense under the Fair Trading Act. After a three-hour hearing, she was found not guilty, with the council accepting she was capable of correctly pouring drinks.
That’s enough to make just about anyone need a cold pint.