How a drunken BU student's big bar bill led to six-day suspension for Kneeland Street club
The Boston Licensing Board today ordered a six-day license suspension for Splash after police and fire inspectors shut the place down on Sept. 29 for serving minors and stuffing too many people inside. The board also ordered a separate three-day punishment for another incident of overcrowding in August.
At a hearing Tuesday, Lt. Det. Stephen Meade and Sgt. Det. William Mulvey said they decided to visit Splash's Saturday-afternoon fest after being contacted by the out-of-town father of an underage BU student who was aghast to arrive at her BU dorm to find her both drunk to the point of needing a medical attention and in possession of a $2,800 credit-card bill from the Kneeland Street establishment.
Meade said the woman had attended Splash's previous Saturday-afternoon "Recess" party, at which patrons can order table service of hard liquor. He acknowledged he did not know if her bill was from a single party or if she was a repeat customer.
Meade said when he and the other two detectives arrived at Splash's around 4:30 p.m., they found a long line of people out front, many looking too young to be getting into a 21+ event. Mulvey said they pretty quickly and easily found two men with beers who turned out to be 19-year-old students from BU and BC with fake IDs.
Inside, Mulvey said, they found the place so crowded the aisles and some exits were blocked. Mulvey said he counted some 300 people on the first floor - or about 100 more than the floor was supposed to have. Police summoned a fire commander, who immediately ordered the place evacuated and shut. Splash remained shut under this emergency order for two days.