Legal lessons for holiday party hosts
What happens if your guests get too merry?
- Duration 5:08
- Date Dec 21, 2012
What happens if your guests get too merry?
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I'm back to reality.
Kelly -- is back in session on the docket today do you hear what I hear it's millions of Americans getting ready for Christmas and holiday parties from coast to coast and the ensuing lawsuits.
While one too many egg -- can often lead to some New Year's regrets if you -- the hosts.
You could face serious legal consequences if any of your guests get a little to marry.
Here to save you from that John is -- -- -- Bryan -- pull both the defense attorneys.
Our -- are preparing for this segment.
I read some of the most ridiculous recommendations I think I've ever read.
Including when you -- your big Christmas party or New Year's Eve party.
Don't serve any alcohol now that.
There may be -- small percentage of the population that thinks that's.
You know doable but the majority of Americans are gonna offer a little -- John.
How to prevent themselves from getting sued what -- -- explode.
Exposures there a couple of things.
Don't need serving your guests too much eggnog if you have a guest is really running around the lamp -- spotted head it's -- to cut him off but more importantly here's what I do every time I technicality cab company -- and when my guests come over they know that they can call that -- company I get home.
I'm -- -- I won't take sport so drink be -- have a lot of long flight and hang over the next -- -- dollar home with somebody else but not yet.
And here's the thing -- if somebody comes to your house is -- because of somebody comes to your house.
And they get intoxicated.
And then they choose to drive home and they have an accident they hurt themselves or god -- they you know hurt somebody else.
Does the victims.
Can -- you know.
Right -- it's it's -- like if you have a party and you know at at a at a bar the bar would be liable.
If that happened if you throw a private party.
At your house and you serve alcohol -- somebody they get out -- her car drive get a car accident.
You can be responsible for paying not only medical bills or possibly even money in a wrongful death case.
How do you prevent -- you -- to me while you're -- they don't get stronger they get drunk they take the cap.
Well here's got a couple suggestions for your audience -- I'm not kidding as a serious I wouldn't I would give a -- in my party called the holiday hostage party.
And what I mean by now look at you have to be yet if you have to if you have to have people stay overnight -- stay overnight -- -- lead us all -- a lot of lawsuits.
I would well -- hit.
-- -- -- -- -- The left and the the short of it is a lot of people do drink and and I don't think there's any wallets on people look at you wanna stay.
Here's a -- here's a sleeping back but I had another idea -- quick.
Put two tickets being in a little bag give those tickets to people that come -- your house put a little wrist band on her wrist and have the bartender then take their take yet.
And then snap put a little hole on the wrist band and the growing allowed to -- -- really party.
I guess I don't Jana yeah I know about Santa that -- -- -- -- could write a little.
How come -- here after two glasses of wine that's a reasonable amount for people to drink but we all -- -- holiday parties work.
Right and you're and you're only gonna have one party that like nobody's gonna show up for your next part I think a better idea is you know not when they -- and you take their -- and you take their keys and somebody had to stay sober enough to my actors who is -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- drink and -- and -- -- -- a bartender.
Because then it's on him you know I think he can kind of gets -- -- they -- they're getting to to drug now also -- to serve really cheap liquor because and then of 100 is much.
If you are employer.
Right that we just had our America live -- -- party editing your employer and you're throwing a party you need to worry about not all of these and not just all of these things.
But also somebody get feeling a little glamorous after their glasses of wine there was a case we looked at data Tennessee where some of the -- You know sort of like there was a group gift exchange included -- or edible underwear and a blow up doll and that led to a big lawsuit in a big judgment job.
Yet that can happen that the sex harassment -- waiting to happen you know important Christmas to you so you really have to you have to have rules when you're going to have an office Christmas party and I didn't exchange -- gets in my office Christmas party at me that it would Wear really ugly sweaters so that helped noble.
If I had to go home with anybody -- -- can help to make people bring the invite espouses because it we have another case of a lawsuit gotten Wisconsin where.
The -- that the boss followed the -- -- into a bathroom saying he had to have her and despite her protests even kissed and tried to have her.
And he wound up having to -- -- money -- Now.
Well but but making -- can't control people I mean people -- your party you know how it is people drink it's the holidays.
You really can't you really can't stop everything one thing I would do -- getting back to his driving under the influence issues.
Why not have people sign a waiver when they come here if you're having a party your house your office becomes final whenever -- -- a basketball only every Wednesday night -- and I have to sign every -- is.
Tuesday awaiting an interest in our in house are gonna show -- -- -- you are and I have to get some are my drinks and I have to sleep -- -- her and I think -- at all and I and I don't I don't -- losses -- I got -- -- -- -- morning.
Merry Christmas to you about an -- we'll be right.