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Bartender fired for calling cops on drunk driver

Posted at 9:31 AM, Feb 27, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-27 09:37:33-05
SHELBY, Ohio (WBNS) -  An Ohio bartender said she was fired after she called police about a drunk driver."I came into work, he was already there, pretty much hammered," Twyla Devito, a bar tender at an American Legion Post, said. "He ordered a beer, I gave it to him, and then I started to try to slow it down, serving him."Devito said when the man got up to leave, she knew he was in no shape to drive, so she called police.

"I called the police and said we have a very drunk person leaving the bar. He is going to kill someone or himself," she said.

Police arrived at the bar, stopped the driver and conducted a field sobriety test. The driver blew a .167, a little more than twice the legal limit.

Two days after the man's arrest, Devito said she was fired from her job.

"He said I'm gonna have to fire you because it's bad for business to have a bartender that will call the cops," she said.

The commander of the post told WBNS that while Devito probably did the moral thing, she did not do the right thing for his business.

"If every patron who comes in here has to worry about the cops waiting for them when they leave, the place would be empty," commander Mic Hubbard said in a statement. "I'm not very pleased by that. Here we have someone that's trying to do something right and ends up getting punished for it."

Devito said despite losing her job, she said she did what she felt she had to do and that she would do it again.