The Long Island Rail Road announced they’re banning booze on all their trains this Saturday during SantaCon 2013. Yes, they will be closing the doors on all drunk-ass santas who try to bring their 40’s and water bottles filled with vodka on the train to Manhattan.
The 24-hour booze ban will run from noon Saturday through noon Sunday. LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena tells DNAinfo:
“We do it based on experience, based on when we’ve had difficulties….when we’re going to be inundated with a lot of people under 21, or maybe just over 21, where they’ve created problems in the past.”
The LIRR normally allows passengers to drink alcohol on the train, but it does “occasionally institute a ban for short periods of time.” Such occasions include St. Patrick’s Day and the night before Thanksgiving. The LIRR also prohibits alcohol consumption between midnight and 5 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.
Maybe the ban is a reaction to the public and the city of New York finally realizing that SantaCon encourages “intoxicated partygoers” to “roam the streets urinating, littering, vomiting and vandalizing”—these succinct words come from a letter written by Midtown North Precinct Lt. John Cocchi urging about 30 bars and clubs not to support SantaCon this year.