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Wednesday, April 9, 2008

KeyArena Fined for Selling Booze to Minors

posted by on April 9 at 14:39 PM

After a terrible season and a bad breakup with the Sonics, the ever-so-sad KeyArena has taken another hit.

Last month, KeyArena was slapped with a $500 fine after the Washington State Liquor Control Board busted two beer vendors for selling to minors.

In other bad-things-happening-to-KeyArena news, George Michael plays July 2.

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Posted by Dave Coffman | April 9, 2008 2:46 PM

George Michael is so talenteted. Just the latest in snark I guess. Let the light in Jonah.

Posted by don't see it | April 9, 2008 2:48 PM

If Key Arena is going to go broke from a $500 fine, they have a lot more serious problem than the OK Sonics leaving ...

Posted by Will in Seattle | April 9, 2008 2:55 PM

Also, the Thunderbirds are leaving KeyArena for a new arena of their own.

Posted by Peter F | April 9, 2008 3:00 PM

The side effect of this is that vendors are ID'ing everyone -- I'm talking retirees with gray hair and canes -- which really slows down beer lines. No joke, at every Sonics and T-Birds game I've attended in the last few months, I've seen at least one obviously 40+ person get carded.

Of course, I won't have to worry about this once the Sonics leave for OKC. But hey, at least I'll have the City's great moral victory to entertain me at night.

Posted by joykiller | April 9, 2008 3:06 PM

did they arrest the two vendors? throw them in jail? take them to court? and then dismiss the charges later?

Posted by infrequent | April 9, 2008 3:09 PM

@5... i've heard similar stories. it's funny in a sad is this what we've come to way.

Posted by infrequent | April 9, 2008 3:19 PM

George Michael is coming!! Man, I love Arrested Development!

Posted by yay | April 9, 2008 3:31 PM

As much as I think WSLCB laws can be over the top, it's somewhat nice that their officers are patrolling more than just clubs. Now, if an repeat infraction or a scuffle anywhere within the vicinity actually shut the entire Key Arena down - like could happen if a music venue had done this - then maybe we'd see a little more consistency.

Posted by Dougsf | April 9, 2008 3:33 PM

Mr Poe will meet Geroge in the restroom. And don't EVEN deny it Mr. Poe!!!!

Posted by Cato the Younger Younger | April 9, 2008 3:37 PM

@9: Unless you have a well-established career as a banker or lawyer (read: you're old), odds are you can't afford enough booze at the Key to really get rowdy. Maybe that's why they don't enforce these things as strictly.

Posted by joykiller | April 9, 2008 3:38 PM

What are you talking about? George Michael is the only GOOD thing to happen in the Key for a long long time! :)

Posted by Suz | April 9, 2008 3:45 PM

This made me cry again. My partner was a fan and a friend of George.

Posted by Wolf | April 9, 2008 4:43 PM

what exactly is wrong with george michael, other than your dislike for him jonah?

he fought a long hard battle with the sony which put him out fo recording for YEARS.

i can get behind any artist who fights a big label!

go george!

i hope to be there!

Posted by terry miller | April 9, 2008 4:58 PM

Whatever, hater! GM had one of the greatest voices of the 80s and 90s. This performance is pitch-perfect, for example. Clearly Jonah has no soul.

Posted by fluteprof | April 9, 2008 5:00 PM

#11 - it's really easy to sneak a pint of booze in. Last time I was there I was trashed by the time I ordered my first beer. She did card me though...

Posted by V | April 9, 2008 5:09 PM

Plus, he's a great actor, as you could see on a certain surrealist TV show.

Posted by Will in Seattle | April 9, 2008 5:10 PM

V - Did you say "Lank you"?

Posted by Lloyd Clydesdale | April 9, 2008 6:58 PM

Not a fan but 100X better than that stuff that oozes and splatters out of American Idol.

Posted by Bauhaus | April 9, 2008 9:45 PM

Love me some George Michael!

I'll be there and then after the show drive to an intersection somewhere in Magnolia and pass out behind the wheel.

Until then:

Take your snark and shove it...

Posted by David K. | April 10, 2008 10:26 AM

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