A French bartender has been found guilty of manslaughter after he allowed a costumer to drink a total of 56 alcohol shots in a bar contest, which led to the man’s death the next day. The bartender received a 4-year suspended sentence and is banned from working in a bar for one year.
It all happened last October, when 56-year old Renaud Prudhomme, walked into Le Starter bar from Clermont-Ferrand and decided he could break the bar record of 55 shots.
After he surprisingly managed to break this insane record, the man was eventually accompanied home by his daughter, because he was not able to do so alone. Later that night he went into cardiac arrest and he was then transported to the hospital.
Unfortunately, there was nothing that could be done by the doctors in order to save him and he died the next day, due to “a bronchial inhalation alcoholic coma”, according to Le Figaro.
It was considered that by posting this incredible record in the bar, Gilles Crepin encouraged Mr. Prudhomme to drink the 56 shots and he ended up being convicted for manslaughter.
Renaud Portejoie, Mr. Crepin’s lawyer however believes that his sentence was meant to set an example and he announced his intention to appeal it.
“It’s a decision guided by emotion and the unconscious desire to set an example,” said the bartender’s lawyer. “We can’t ask every customer who buys alcohol to present their medical certificates.”
Furthermore, it appears that it was in fact Mr. Prudhomme’s daughter, who filed the lawsuit against Mr. Crepin, who had personally encouraged her father to try to break the bar record.
And it makes much more sense that she would have known about her father’s alcohol abuse struggles and his respiratory health issues, and therefore should not have encouraged him to drink at all.
On the other hand, Antoine Portal, Mr. Prudhomme’s daughter legal representative said that it is illegal for bartenders to continue serving drinks to people who reach a certain state of inebriation and that the court’s decision was just.
Despite the fact that Mr. Crepin’s actions remain widely debatable, for the moment he is left with a four-year suspended manslaughter sentence on his criminal record. It remains to be seen if appealing the court’s ruling will manage to change anything in the near the future.
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