Hotel bar manager ordered to pay £1,400 for short measures

30 March 2012
Hotel bar manager ordered to pay £1,400 for short measures

A hotel bar manager has been ordered to pay £1,400 after serving two short measures.

Andrew Halliday, who works at the Ramada hotel in Salford Quays (pictured), was caught out by trading standards officers when they ordered a shot each of gin and whiskey, according to The Metro.

They found that the 35ml single measure of Beefeater Gin was short by 5ml, while the Jameson Irish Whiskey was under by 4.5ml.

Halliday appeared at Manchester magistrates' court and was fined £400 alongside £1,000 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

Halliday told the bench: "It was my mistake. It was a lack of concentration. I was the most senior manager on site. There's a cloud hanging over my employment. Internal promotion has been stopped. I am really sorry."

HMI, which runs the hotel, was reported to be standing by its employee.

Councillor Ray Mashiter, lead member for environment at Salford City Council, said: "Customers purchasing drinks at the Ramada Hotel should expect to be treated fairly and to receive exactly what they pay for. When officers from Trading Standards made a number of test purchases, they noted that on both occasions the alcohol measures were not filled to the brim, meaning a short measure was served.

"Consumers expect to receive correct measures and the city council will take action against those who break weights and measures laws."

By Neil Gerrard

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