Funny case with repurposed liquor bottle
On the afternoon of March 29, 2011, Officer Seiser was driving his private automobile between Tilden Career Community Academy High School in Chicago’s Canaryville neighborhood to the nearby intersection of 50th Street and Union Avenue, where Seiser was assigned to stand post until 4:00 p.m. as part of the City’s Operation Safe Schools program. Seiser was on duty and in uniform as a police officer.
Seiser was making an effort to consume extra water as part of a weight-loss program. Toward that end, he had a large bottle of water with him in the car and in fact was drinking from it while en route to his assigned post. In retrospect, his choice of bottle was not the most prudent: the bottle was a 1.75-liter T.G.I. Friday’s Mudslide bottle which, when sold, had contained an alcoholic beverage and which still bore a label that read, “The liquor is in it.”
Officer Seiser loses his civil suit against the police for breathalazying him and arresting him.
SEISER v. City of Chicago, Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit 2014