(This is an entertainment post, not legal advice) Alright, it’s time to get serious … at least as serious as I can be. I few months ago I was at a restaurant and my friend and I ordered a glass of wine. Little did we know that we got the awesome “upsell” waiter that night. He genuinely explained that it would be more economical for us to buy a bottle of wine instead of just 2 glasses. After all we had the same wine – why wouldn’t we?
Now … if you’ve been a long time reader of this blog you are probably thinking I’m a heavy drinker. You couldn’t be more wrong. I very much care about being responsible when I drink and encourage all of you to do so as well. This was a case in point in my real life – this waiter brought up a valid economical point. I then asked the question I’m thinking a lot of you have had… “Can I take the leftover wine I don’t drink in the car with me?” in other words, can I cork it and take it? To which in Wisconsin, where we were, the waiter replied “Yes! You can take the cork, put it back on the bottle with the left over wine and put it in your car without any issues.”
That’s when my eyes got all slanty like … I wasn’t confident in what the waiter was telling me. We skipped the bottle and stuck with our one glass each.
After that night, I decided to ask around about the whole “cork it and take it” deal. I have this “super secret friend” who may or may not be in law enforcement, a fact I cannot confirm or deny … okay.. you get the point. So I asked him “If you stopped me and I had a corked bottle of leftover wine on my passenger seat and I told you I only had one glass and this was a whole “cork it and take it” rule so all was okay, you’d let me go right?”
…. after a long pause … and I think I might have been put on speaker phone for others to hear while I asked this … I’m not sure if that was laughter I heard in the background … or ?!?!?
Anyway, he calmly told me … “If the seal on any alcohol container is broken and it’s in the car with you – it’s pretty much an automatic citation. PUT IT IN THE TRUNK!” … he didn’t really yell, I just thought that would be a law enforcement way of talking. Authoritatively like ..
He then gave me Wisconsin State statute 346.935 which is a cool site because if you can’t read (and if you can’t, why are you reading this blog right now) they have the whole statute recorded for you to hear. That’s how serious they are about it.
So, if you are in Wisconsin … do NOT cork it and take it in the car with you … put it in the trunk. Do you really want to have a conversation with law enforcement on the side of the road with a spotlight on you in your car and big flashlight in your face asking you about an open intoxicant sitting on the seat next to you? I don’t …
So, I’ll start a new phrase “cork it, take it and trunk it!” … In Wisconsin.
Wondering what other states do? I did too – but I don’t have super secret law enforcement friends in the other 49 states. If you have direct questions, consult your attorney or ask your own super secret law enforcement friend! I also encourage you to seek your own legal advice from an attorney in Wisconsin on this topic / laws.
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