Drinking and Melbourne Cup Do Not Mix Say Victorian Police
Victorian police have served notice to the wine and cheese set that unruly behaviour will not be tolerated in or around Flemington racecourse either before, during or after the Melbourne Cup.
The spectator queue is already beginning to form, so word on the street is that the police force is planning to hand out fines on the spot to any revelers deemed to be engaging in drunk and disorderly order.
Eschewing nice, round numbers, the police force will levy a $622 fine on anyone found to be publicly intoxicated. Those found guilty of disorderly behaviour on top of the intoxication charge will have to pay $777.
The tradition of enjoying an adult beverage along with a day at the track dates back to the times when horses set to compete for the very first time were christened by having a bottle of champagne broken across their flanks. Now that this practice has fallen out of favour due to the efforts of the animal rights crowd, race fans have decided that imbibing the champagne, along with anything remotely similar, is a more sensible use of the beverages.
But for those rare Australians who do not know how to drink responsibly, avoiding the Flemington environs for the next little bit might be a good idea in order to limit pocketbook damage.