In case you didn’t catch it, here’s the story on Winknews.com with my take on the city citations against servers. They are trying to impose an invented duty on the waiters and bartenders. It may be good practice for the restaurants to have an employee further discourage walk-offs, there is no such legal duty. I’m sure the restaurants would prefer that the patrons stay and continue to buy drinks at their establishment, but the law doesn’t require them to stop people from doing it. If someone walks off with an open container, they can be cited… but not the person who serves them.
See my earlier post: https://crimcourts.wordpress.com/2013/01/18/dont-walk-with-open-containers-downtown-at-music-walk/