Well done Einstein, that is exactly what I want to do. I'm not a spineless coward, and I would rather throw down my towel and walk out of the bar than serve somebody who is communicating that they want to throw away their sobriety as obviously as Hamilton would in this situation (if he was ordering his drinks himself). I worked in a bar when I was trying to find a full-time job and I was struggling but I would have done that in a second because I respect myself too much to aid an addict relapsing.
Get off your high horse, you sound like an 18-year-old in his first ethics class.
It has nothing to do with being a bleeding heart or apathetic, the fact is this if Josh Hamilton wants a drink Josh Hamilton is going to get a drink. So you don't serve JH, guess what JH makes a stink goes to your manager and says, "I want a drink but that douche of a bartender won't give me one." Your boss comes over says, "Give him a drink or you're fired." He wants to save his job because maybe he has kids and a wife and a mortgage and bills (something that you know, only apathetic right-wingers have), needs this job and he doesn't want to deal with his boss who will scream bloody murder because you shut off one of the most popular athletes in Texas thus robbing him of a nice night's pay. You probably wouldn't give him a drink and that's fine, whatever, but guess what you're shitcanned and JH got his beer.
A bartender has two jobs:
1. Make sure that he provides adults with libations
2. Make sure that he doesn't give too much so that said person doesn't fuck himself up and sues either him or his place of employment
It's not to play Dr. Phil to every person who comes into his bar and wants a beer or two. Bars would be pretty lonely places if they only served beers to folks without problems.
But let's say everyone lives in Dr. Bonguer's Candyland where everything is sweet and nice and folks watch out for one another, guess what Josh Hamilton is going to get himself a drink. He just is. So whether you're the schmoe who gives it to him or not, is inconsequential. What it really boils down to is that you don't want to be the bad guy and you guise it in the warm wooliness of "treasure[ing] not trying to make the world a worse place." When really all you want to do is push the guy along and then cluck your tongue at the person who gives him what he wants.
Sorry but I have to participate in Josh Hamilton fucking up his life because he wants to and I should just serve him because he wants a drink?
Fuck that. FUCK that. And if you condone that you're a fucking asshole. I'm not putting an addict in that situation. If other people want to, fine, but just because other people would doesn't mean I would.