Twyla DeVito, Ohio Bartender: Fired For Alerting Police To Drunk Driver?

In theory it should be possible to be both a loyal employee and a responsible person at the same time. So when bartender Twyla DeVito last week noticed one of the regular customers at the American Legion Post in Shelby, Ohio, enter the bar in a heavily intoxicated state, she felt that it was her duty to alert local police when the patron hit the road. Her reward? She got fired, she says.

"He is going to kill someone or himself," she recalled initially telling the cops, according to Louisville, Ky., TV station WDRB. (DeVito also reportedly agreed to serve the patron, Mike Ramey, an additional round of beer before he left the bar.)

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And once tipped off, the Shelby County police began following the patron before pulling him over. Ramey's blood alcohol was found to be twice the legal limit at 0.167, according to a post by news website

After her employer learned of Ramey's arrest, DeVito said, she was let go. Central Ohio's WBNS-TV quotes the commander of the Legion post, Mic Hubbard, as defending the move on business grounds. "If every patron who comes in here has to worry about the cops waiting for them when they leave, the place would be empty, " he said.

For his part, Shelby Police Chief Charlie Roub objected to the bartender's dismissal. "Here, we have someone that's trying to do something right and ends up getting punished for it," he said. But of her decision to call police, DeVito said, "I would do it again."

What do you think? Should DeVito have lost her job? Share your comments below.

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Having been a bartender for 35+ years now. And have worked at the local VFW clubs. I say, SHAME ON YOU DeVITO to represent the bartending industry in such trickery. You were wrong! A bartenders job is based on knowing when a patron has had enough to drink, and when not to serve someone. Since this is an American Legion club, the bartender can't say she doesn't know the members who comes in and drink there. My rule has always been, and has not failed in over 35 years, is, I always talk to customers before serving them, no matter how busy you are, or think you are. If a bartender suspects a person, whether a club member, a friend or unknown, and looks to be impaired walking in the door, you don't serve them, you recommend food, water, even inform other members, even make alternate transportation available. I go to great lenghts so my customers don't drive away intoxicated, if I didn't, and they did kill themself or someone else, I'd feel just as guilty, and that would eat me alive. But for DeVito to serve an already intoxicated customer, and let him get back into his car and drive away, then to relieve her own conscience by calling the police, should not only be fired, but they should have arrest her too. Her actions does not justify stupid. My guess to her actions was either an act of revenge, or she's just ignorant to the law of bartending, either way, I've got a BIG TIP for you DeVito, as far as I'm concerned, you've lost the privilege to be a bartender, so it's best for you to do the right thing, quit being so pompous and get out of the business!

April 01 2013 at 9:20 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

If Twyla had not served the man a drink upon his arrival she would be fired for that to, what she should have done was get help from employees to get his keys from him and maybe a cell phone and call someone from it to come get him are put him in his car and let him sleep it off, but now at the same time maybe just maybe she saved the life of many and his, she is made out to be a bad person because of money and grown ups who cant control their drinking in the public and don't have a clue to their limit, i think she was only thinking of not letting him drive she just did not go about it right but everyone deserve a second chance boss tell her what you want her to do in this case not fire her TEACH HER GEEEEEEEEEEEEE

March 29 2013 at 2:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

She shoulda just called a cab and if the man did not take the cab then she and other customers would detain him until cops get there! You can obviously tell this woman is very stupid!

March 03 2013 at 12:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Rats have no business being bartenders. It's a good thing that she got fired. I hope the guy sues her for everything she has...but she probably doesn't have much.

March 03 2013 at 12:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

When Twyla gets another job as a bartender (and she will) - beware, YOU could be the next person she serves and serves and serves and THEN CALLS THE COPS saying you might be a drunk driver!!!!! But be sure that you have enough money to cover ALL your legal fees etc. because Twyla won't help you then.

March 01 2013 at 8:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

twyla the bartender should be arrested for serving an already drunken patron..the police have a job to do as well as the bartender.....

March 01 2013 at 7:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

when she noticed the patron enter the bar "heavily intoxicated", why didn't she try to get the patron a ride home, instead of letting him leave more intoxicated after "DeVito also reportedly agreed to serve the patron". look's like she is would have some responsiblity in putting the drunk on the road.

February 28 2013 at 2:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

If anyone was planning on sending this to MADD I just got off the phone with them and they have the article. They said that they have been getting calls about this.

February 27 2013 at 2:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

You can't always believe everything you read… We know for sure she was wrongly fired for doing the responsible thing by alerting the police, but do we really know at what point she became aware that he was too intoxicated to drive. Just sayin'...

February 27 2013 at 2:46 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

Is there a site for donating to this woman who is now out of a job out of this craziness? I'd love to give! Please let me know if there's an official link, can't find one.

February 27 2013 at 2:17 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

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