Fish Or Work? ABC Worker Loses Fishing Sponsor

The CEO of North Carolina's largest local enforcer of alcohol laws has revoked an employee's bass fishing sponsorship amid a state investigation into conflicts of interest.

The Charlotte Observer reported Friday that Jim Beam's corporate backing of a competitive angler who also manages an Alcohol Beverage Control warehouse has been pulled. In exchange for $3,200 in expenses over the last three years, Kevin Helms put Jim Beam logos on his jersey, hat and boat.

Mecklenburg County ABC Board CEO Calvin McDougal ended the endorsement after media revealed top staff and their spouses were treated to a $9,000 steak dinner from international distiller Diageo. McDougal and other employees have repaid the money.

The state ABC commission is investigating.


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  • by Nathan Location: Eastern NC on Dec 20, 2009 at 01:03 AM
    WITN, I do not see the issue here. Could a comment be obtained from whoever opposes this? In the meantime, to your readers, does a single one of you care that a fisherman got Jim Beam to foot $3200 of his bills over three years to put their logo on his hat and boat? Oh yeah, he works for ABC, but does that even matter? Every liquor store sells Jim Beam as well as their biggest competitor, Jack Daniels. This guy wasn't in a position to change that. Stop selling Jack Daniels perhaps? I don't think so. Also, I think... you're paid a certain wage, you work so many hours. Say 40. There are 168 hours in a week. Your employer pays you for just under 25% of them if you're full time. So what business is it of theirs what you do in the other 128 hours? They're not paying you for that time. That's your time, and if you're not breaking laws, what's the big deal?
  • by beachbum3 on Dec 19, 2009 at 06:58 AM
    I personaly do not see how or why an employer has the right to interfere into an employees private life or have any say so over what the employee does or doesn't do with the time off from the employer. an it appears to me to be an infringement of this personal constitunational rights as to what they do in their personal time off. just more government interferance into peoples personal lives if you ask me thank you
  • by Bill Location: gboro on Dec 18, 2009 at 04:54 PM
    just like at the hospitals ( public or private) the nurses can predict what medications a patient will be prescribed based on which drug company reps took the doctor to lunch that day and which company will send the doctor to a tropical paradise for a " conference"
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