Man Who Gave Up Alcohol For Lent Arrested For Public Intoxication After Binging On Beer-Battered Fish Sandwiches
Many people are giving up various bad habits for the season of Lent. Some give up certain types of entertainment while others give up addictive behaviors. And still others abstain from certain foods. Martin Shores, of Greensboro, N.C. is one of those people. Like many, Martin decided to put away alcohol for a few weeks. This is no easy task. He likes his beer. It is also college basketball season. So it is extra difficult for Martin to give up something he enjoys doing while watching the games.
Martin also joined many religious people in eating fish instead of other types of meat during this time. One day as he was deciding on where to eat lunch, he saw an advertisement at the local Hardee’s - Redhook Beer-Battered Cod Fish Sandwich. “They are running a special during Lent,” says Shores’ lawyer. “My client had committed to eat fish instead of burgers for 40 days. He had also committed to not drink beer. In a moment of weak brilliance he thought he could beat the system. He could eat fish and not drink beer at the same time. Unfortunately, Mr. Shores has a problem. He was 12 sandwiches in when the manager cut him off.”
Sue Gordon, the manager at the Hardee’s says Mr. Shores became belligerent. “At first our workers were wondering what was happening. But I used to work at a bar. I could tell Mr. Shores was getting drunk. I could tell his speech was slurred when he asked for another ‘sish fandwich.’ When I refused to sell him anymore sandwiches, he started throwing ketchup packets and cup lids. I told him I could call him a cab or a cruiser. He just wouldn’t relent. So I had to call the police. They gave him a breathalyzer test. He was 3 times the legal limit.”
Martin has released a statement through his attorney. “I know I have disappointed a lot of people. But one the bright side, I technically kept my promise to God to not drink beer, and to eat fish. He knows my heart. To be honest, I think where I went wrong was drinking the Cheerwine to wash it all down.”