At a bar in New Orleans, a waitress refused to serve a woman who ordered a glass of Chardonnay. Why? Because the customer was seven months pregnant. “We don’t serve pregnant women here,” she reportedly said. The mother was surprised and angry. Which raises the question: should bars refuse to serve pregnant women?
I don’t need to tell you that drinking while pregnant is not a good idea. But just to play devil’s advocate, it was just a glass of wine. And is it really the waitress’s job to decide what is good or not good for a pregnant woman?
At Babble, Paula points out that it is illegal in a few states for bars to serve alcohol to a pregnant mother. But aside from that, it’s illegal for a bartender to refuse serving people for any reason aside from drunkenness, obviously to combat potential racism from restaurant owners.
Should bars serve pregnant women?