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The Courier-News from Bridgewater, New Jersey · Page 4

Bridgewater, New Jersey
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Monday, August 9, 1971
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THE COURIER-NEWS, Monday, August 9, 1971 r;fer4?v;i if if 1 nA pi ' ' X, A. r . -i fr it "I Mr? 'S A -fit ' 1 f vi?:-- lit wl&l Motel room mim i baits studied AP Wirephofo Gino Vettor gets a helping hand from his father, George, in a father-and-son cycle race in Toronto. The push must have helped because they went on to win. NEWARK (AP) That friendly room service barmaid who wheels the shining cart laden with alcohol to the hotel room may be replaced by a machine. New Jersey is considering automated room service that would place a mechanical minibar in individual hotel and motel rooms. Studies are being made of electronic dispensing systems in operation or on the drawing board in seven states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto , Rico, Richard C. McDonough, director of the State Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control said today. In states where approval has been given, no operation has been given even one violation citation," McDonough said. The idea is more convenience and comfort for the public. ' The machine is not meant to provide a big drunk for anyone. The normal machine will only hold four brands of liquor and one kind of beer. A total of 19.2 ounces of liquor and 50 ounces of beer would be the maximum per machine. " The system operates with cabinets in rooms stocked with snacks and sundry items in addition to alcoholic beverages. Each cabinet contains a refrigerator with ice. At the registration desk in the main lobby is a control board that resembles a computer. Essentially, the system would work this way: The guest checks in and is given a special ignition key at tached, to the room key. This turns on what is commonly known as the "Bell Captain" unit. All rooms are keyed dif f erently. The guest inserts his special key and can chose from 12 items. Five pf these would be alcoholic in nature, four col umns of liquor in limited quan tities and one column with five; have a cut-off control switch on THE COURIER-NEWS A Gannett ISewxDaper Vol. 8, No. 5 Consolidation of The Evening News (1884), Plaintieid Daily Press (1887), Plainfielfl Courier (1891). Established as the Plain field Courier-News (1894) and as The Courier-News (196U. Second class postage paid at Plainfield, N.J. The Courier-News reserves the right to delete obiectionabie woras or pnrases or to reiect any aavenisement. Home delivered by carrier 75 cents week ly. Mail rates within county of publi cation: One year, $33.00; six months, $16.50; three months, $8.25. First and Second zones: One year, $38.00; six months, $19.00; three months, $9.50. All other zone rate? UDon reauest. Mail sub scriptions must be accompanied by re mittance to cover oraer. cans of beer. Charges are recorded electrically on a metering board and transferred to the guest's bill on a daily basis, in much the same way that telephone calls are, recorded. The metering system can not : be reset to zero, so on a daily basis it acts as inventory control. McDonough said that the system under consideration for New Jersey would be limited to' hotels and motels with liquor j licenses. The front desk would all liquor dispensing items in case a need arose to restrict the sale of liquor or when the room was unoccupied. "If there are minors in the room, the liquor control switch would not be turned on," McDonough said. "At times of illegal hours of sale a master control switch could be turned off to stop dispensing of alcoholic beverages to all rooms connected with the system." He said that vesting responsibility in management personnel at the desk would provide, more assurance of the ABC laws being obeyed rather than giving this responsibility to a "tip" employe. 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