Around 4:45 a.m. on April 17, a 911 dispatcher picked up the phone to hear a somewhat frantic woman on the other end - calling from the inside of An Tain on India Street downtown, where she found herself locked in. Firefighters and police were dispatched and were able to talk the woman through opening the door from the inside.
According to police, the woman, after five or six beers and a shot of harder stuff, went into the restroom around 12:45 a.m., went into a stall and fell asleep.
That was good for a citation for over-serving an intoxicated patron and failing to completely clear the premises and a trip to the Boston Licensing Board for a hearing earlier this week. The board voted yesterday, however, that the bar was not to blame.
At the hearing, the bar's owner said the woman did not appear at all drunk that night - and that because she was large, the bartender didn't see anything wrong with the number of drinks she'd been served. Also, the bartender saw the man with whom the woman had come in leaving at closing and assumed that meant she had left as well. After closing time, he knocked on the door of the women's room, got no response and assumed that meant it was empty.