Who knows where this unfortunate young lady was drinking, but the fact is a 19 year old drinking is only news to those who think the 21 year old drinking age is effective or even desirable.
Last night I had a 20 year old lady come in whom I knew was that age and comes from a great family. She looks older is and very used to getting served, particularly sporting a fake ID. She's an adult who supports herself and is very responsible and likely would cause no problems to anyone, but I had to say no....not because I thought I was holding the line against "underage drinking" but because I can't take the chance.
We all operate every day wondering whether one lapse in enforcing the law parents and society look the other way on will come back to bite us.
There will be a clamor to pin this East Village death on a licensee. How about the actions of the individual...their friends who enable....their parents who don't supervise...the society that says a pretty girl who looks older can be bought drinks by the boys....until something bad happens...then the sanctimony begins ?
19-year-old college student dies after boozing in East Village; she had heart condition - NYPOST.com