Binge drinkers need to figure out something else to do on Saturday afternoon, as Golden Gate Fields has bowed to pressure from groups including Mothers Against Drunk Driving and canceled their “Bottomless Saturdays” promotion before it started.
The original plan was to sell tickets for $30 that gave customers access to unlimited well drinks from noon until 5 pm on Saturday, in an attempt to attract people between the ages 25 and 35 who consider an afternoon at the track, with all the betting, eating and drinking, too darned expensive. The idea didn’t sit too well with some, however.
An anonymous group claiming to be “concerned employees’’ of Golden Gate Fields has taken up a letter-writing campaign in an effort to halt this weekend’s drink-fest.
As much as they’d like to see track attendance increase, they write, “we must allow our job-security concerns to take a back seat to the concerns about the health and welfare of our fellow employees, patrons and any other potential victims of drunken behavior and drunk driving.’’
They also take aim at the promotion’s use of a scantily clad woman in a horseshoe, which they interpret as saying: “Bring your girl, get her drunk, and you may get lucky.’’
Jody Iorns, executive director of the Bay Area affiliate of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, said her group was “concerned, especially about the binge drinking that these kind of specials inadvertently encourage.’’
There’s no reasoning given on Golden Gate Fields’ website for canceling the event, which sounded almost like an adult version of the all-you-can-eat tickets the Oakland A’s used to sell (just replace nachos and hot dogs with beers and rum and cokes). Now those crazy partiers in their late-20s/early-30s will have to wait until (sigh) Sunday afternoon, when one can buy hot dogs, sodas and, yes, beers for $1 each at Golden Gate Fields.