City workers encouraged to demand pint glasses are filled to top in bizarre campaign

City workers are being encouraged to demand their pint glasses are filled to the top by pub workers in a bizarre new campaign. 

The City of London Corporation wants pub-goers to confront bar workers if their pints glasses are not filled to the top.

It said it wants consumers to “feel confident in asking for a top-up if they are sold a short measure pint”.

Special beer mats have been created to help punters in the Square Mile, where the average salary is £50,000, check if a pint is short by a few per cent.

But campaign groups have raised concerns about “the potential for abuse of low paid bar and pub staff” and “helping people to access those extra few millimetres of beer feels like the wrong focus”.

Steve Payle, Trading Standards Manager at the City of London Corporation, said it was reminding people that its perfectly OK to ask for a top-up, while stressing that they should drink responsibly.

The City advised punters to use these special beer mats (City of London )

He said: “Consumers are well within their rights to make sure they get exactly what they’ve paid for.

“It’s worth remembering that for a pint costing five pounds, a shortage of five percent is a 25p cost to the consumer. 

“Drinkers are entirely within their rights to ask for a full pint of liquid if they wish.

“We are reminding people that it is perfectly okay to ask for a top-up whilst stressing that they should continue to drink responsibly.”

But campaign groups such as The Equality Trust and Alcohol Research UK criticised the Corporation over its new drive. 

The average salary is around £50,000 in the City (PA)

Dr Wanda Wyporska, Executive Director of The Equality Trust said: “We support the right of consumers to get what they have paid for, but we are concerned about the potential for abuse of low paid bar and pub staff. 

“The combination of a sense of entitlement and alcohol could be a recipe for disaster. 

“It’s up to the pub and bar owners to ensure that measures are fairly indicated and to train their staff adequately. 

“We would hope that city workers’ politeness, diplomatic and negotiating skills would come to the fore in these situations.”

Meanwhile Dr Richard Piper, CEO of Alcohol Concern, told the Standard: “If people feel they’ve been short changed in a bar or pub there’s nothing wrong with asking politely for a top up. 

“That said, this would not be our first choice of campaign for a government body like the City of London. 

“With one person in the UK dying each hour as a result of alcohol, helping people to access those extra few millilitres of beer feels like the wrong focus when it comes to the issues surrounding alcohol.” 

The Standard approached the Corporation for further comment.

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