Fort Collins Explores ID Checking System To Curb Bar Trouble

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (CBS4) – Old Town Fort Collins may soon have a new system in place to catch customers who cause trouble.

Bars and the police department are considering an ID checking system that will keep track of everyone who enters a bar. The scanners would be networked, making it easier for businesses and officers to track down those who start fights or cause other problems in the area.

“Since they’re communicating through the ID scanning system it will communicate to the other bar that this person had been removed from another liquor establishment downtown,” Sgt. Jeremy Yonce with Fort Collins Police Services said.

As many as 5,000 people go out to Old Town Fort Collins on a weekend night.

The city is contacting companies that make the equipment to see how much a system would cost.

  • Joe B

    Make sure your papers are in order!
    ( said in fake nazi accent )

  • The Cryptojournalist

    Wow. Note to self: scratch that trip to party in Fort Collins.

    The idea of networking bars is more lazy than intrusive. Is it too much to call fellow establishments and share information on problem starters?

    Have to pine for the days of speakeasies. Maybe they’ll make a comeback?

  • denvervet

    Sounds like a good idea in theory but it smells of “profiling” to me. Who controls who’s name is submitted for being “not wanted” in bars? Is this person trained and following strict rules? I think police should be the only ones able to put someones name on a list. But, if someone is fighting should’nt they be arrested anyhow? This theory needs a lot more thought.

  • Joe B

    While we’re at it, why not just use it to moniter who is spending how much time in bars, better get it online at the medical marijuana stores too. For that matter, let’s see how often you go to the liquor store, the grocery, the bank, apartment buildings, condos, state parks. can you see where this leads???

    I would never patronize an establishment utilizing this invasive technology.
    Government shouild protect and serve not control us.

  • Deb R

    Big Brother is watching!

  • Wolf Wolfenstein

    next will be tracking your movements via gps.. oh wait already being done via your cellphone

  • Ponderosa

    Wow this is like Britain, soon you’ll be giving out ASBOs and CCTV will be everywhere.

  • Dave D

    I would be willing that most of you making your paranoid comments about big brother have probably never worked in the nightclub/bard industry. As an employee, you have to ensure the safety of your guests. Being able to weed out the idiots, power drinks, trustees of moden chemistry and fighters is a good thing. Do you enjoy going out for a good time, spending your hard earned money and getting caught up in someone elses problem or fight??? I think not.

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