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Fancy a pint? New law in US to clamp down on ‘cheating’ bars

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The new laws will stop thirsty customers from being 'cheated'
The new laws will stop thirsty customers from being 'cheated'

A bill seeking to crack down on "cheater pints" of beer has overcome its first hurdle in the US.

The Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee voted 12-2 in support of Democratic Senator John Patrick's bill, which would require bars and restaurants in Maine that advertise that a beer is a pint to sell it in a glass that is at least 16 ounces. Mr Patrick said some establishments use 14-ounce glasses, even though they advertise the beers as pints.

Gregory Mineo, the state's top liquor inspector, told politicians that the bill would be impossible to enforce.

The Maine Restaurant Association and others have said that the bill is unnecessary because of consumer protection laws. It heads to the full House and Senate.