GLENDALE, AZ — A day at the football game turned into a nightmare for a father and son, thanks to oppressive beverage laws and overzealous prohibition enforcers ready to use them.
John Coulter and his 15-year-old son were attending an Arizona Cardinals game at the University of Phoenix football stadium. They are season ticket holders and regular attendees.
John saw something he wanted to take a picture of and asked his son to hold his beverage for a moment while he reached for his camera. A dangerous mistake.
Two undercover beverage cops darted towards him and began to exert their authority, granted by a bureaucracy called the “Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control.“ Their careers are based upon impeding the free market, eliminating free choice, and arresting people for drinking forbidden beverages.
“I thought it was a candid camera joke, I really did,” Coulter told USA TODAY. “We just watched the opening kickoff and I wanted to take a quick picture. I literally handed my son my cup and said hold my cup, I reached into my pocket, grabbed my cell phone, put it on camera mode and took a picture.”