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Ruben Santiago “Doesn’t Drink?”

I don’t drink. Quit seven years ago. It’s not a big deal to me, it was just something I needed to do for myself. I still enjoy going out and being around people who are drinking … and I think teetotalers are absolutely ridiculous. City of Columbia, S.C. police chief…

I don’t drink. Quit seven years ago. It’s not a big deal to me, it was just something I needed to do for myself. I still enjoy going out and being around people who are drinking … and I think teetotalers are absolutely ridiculous.

City of Columbia, S.C. police chief Ruben Santiago also doesn’t drink.

How do we know this? Because he told The (Columbia, S.C.) State newspaper so this week in response to a social media scandal in which he threatened to arrest a citizen for expressing pro-marijuana views.

Missed that story? Click here.

Anyway …

“I don’t drink,” Santiago told the paper.

Um … really?

That’s interesting … because one of the many posts expressing outrage over Santiago’s behavior included a picture of him enjoying a beer in public (along with a bit of commentary on his fitness to provide “moral and legal lecture”).

“Lies and more lies,” the reader who submitted this tip told me.

So … which is it, (interim) chief?

I don’t care from a standpoint of covering the news, but as a former drinker who actually did quit it would be pretty disappointing if Santiago were telling people one thing and doing another.

Also if Santiago does drink, I hope he takes care not to get a ride home from his mayor … oh wait, never mind. They’ve got that covered (at taxpayer expense).

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39 comments

jimlewisowb November 5, 2013 at 9:21 am

Hey I recognize that off white leather seat.

It is the same one Colonel Cuckold claims as “his spot” in the VIP Room at Heartbreakers

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Jay Ellington November 5, 2013 at 11:40 am

He was probably there rounding up talent to take back to Chief Shorty’s sin den.

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junior justice November 5, 2013 at 1:58 pm

Are you sure about that because I don’t see any stains on the couch.

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Trixie November 5, 2013 at 2:01 pm

We clean them occationally, jj. We’re a class joint.

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Camo Couch November 6, 2013 at 8:35 am

Even if you didn’t clean them, they are white in color for a reason.

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Squishy123 November 5, 2013 at 6:04 pm

A VIP Room in a bar in Columbia??? For who… like there are any VIP’s in Columbia or the surrounding area.

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Billy K Mulligan November 5, 2013 at 9:23 am

He doesn’t drink when he’s on Facebook stomping on free speech. But hey, if you make Benjamin a Strong Mayor like Little Joe, he’ll clean this mess up!

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Jay Ellington November 5, 2013 at 9:47 am

He’s just holding it so he doesn’t look like a cop.

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Guest November 5, 2013 at 9:32 am

Corona? What a fag.

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Jay Ellington November 5, 2013 at 9:33 am

Corona? He meant so say that he doesn’t drink like a man.

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John Boy November 5, 2013 at 9:40 am

After arresting all the criminals in Five Pts., it’s time for a cold one!

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Jay Ellington November 5, 2013 at 9:46 am

Time to get girl drink drunk!

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Mike at the Beach November 6, 2013 at 1:14 am

I don’t often stir up major controversy by saying idiotic things and threatening people via the web, but when I do…

I try to follow up by claiming not to drink just before my beer photo is snapped. I am…the Least Interesting Man in Columbia.

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? November 6, 2013 at 8:32 am

Ha! Very well done.

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Steve "T-Bone" Benjamin November 5, 2013 at 9:45 am

You don’t have proof he was drinking. It’s just a clear liquid in a bottle in a bar/resteraunt. Just like me on election night.

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Steve Is Employed By CPD. November 5, 2013 at 5:36 pm

Wanna bet?

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Guffaw November 5, 2013 at 9:49 am

On the advice of Donnie Myers, Santiago claims the beer belonged to Jake Knotts.

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monsterc0ck November 5, 2013 at 10:02 am

I’m not convinced. Looks like Hines Ward to me.

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? November 5, 2013 at 10:18 am

Ha! Funny as hell.

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TontoBubbaGoldstein November 6, 2013 at 10:46 am

Looks like Hines Ward to me.

Maybe Ruben should try out for the Steelers. Might improve them, as well as the CPD.

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CorruptionInColumbia November 5, 2013 at 10:47 am

Hmmm…, and I seem to have heard some stories about him and his predecessor being drunk at the Carolina Cup, too.

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TontoBubbaGoldstein November 5, 2013 at 3:36 pm

Drunkeness at the Carolina Cup?

Aunt Piddy Pat, fetch TBG his smellin’ salts!!

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scotty November 5, 2013 at 11:01 am

We can not be down on the man he claims Hispanic heritage so drinking a urine based Mexican export would be in keeping with his brilliance of being bated on Facebook.

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venomachine November 5, 2013 at 11:54 am

Nice watch.

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Jackie Chiles November 5, 2013 at 12:11 pm

It’s amazing what you can find laying in the grass after a bust of a drug dealer. Sometimes, people even accidentally leave cash lying around.

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Jay Ellington November 5, 2013 at 12:42 pm

And cocaine.

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CorruptionInColumbia November 5, 2013 at 12:58 pm

… and stolen guns.

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Jay Ellington November 5, 2013 at 3:57 pm

But they can’t find a decomposing body… in a broom closet… right under their noses.

You know me November 5, 2013 at 11:57 am

That’s not a beer. It’s a pebble between his hands.

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jimlewisowb November 5, 2013 at 1:46 pm

“hands”

my bad, I thought you said legs

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Anon. November 5, 2013 at 12:06 pm

Lying Liars Lie!…(Try saying that three times!)

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Charlemagne, King of France November 5, 2013 at 12:17 pm

could his statements on facebook be used as part of a defense in court to prove that they are illegally profiling people based on political statements and get someone off the hook with otherwise weak evidence?

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The Colonel November 5, 2013 at 1:34 pm

He’s probably going to start drinking a lot more when he learns he out of a job…

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TontoBubbaGoldstein November 5, 2013 at 3:35 pm

TBG doesn’t drink anymore, either.

Nor any less.

Tries to keep it about the same.

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Eyes For Lies November 5, 2013 at 5:33 pm

That is a very recent photo of Chief Liar, too. If he will lie about drinking, he will lie about anything. And that is a fact. So we might as well call him “Chief Mental Illness”

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Eyes For Lies November 5, 2013 at 5:37 pm

Its not a bottle, its a crack pipe made to look like one.

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Anon. November 5, 2013 at 6:54 pm

The Columbia Police Department’s FaceBook page will now not let you post to the
site. Every one should check out the remaining posts. Ruben Santiago is circling the drain!

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Squishy123 November 6, 2013 at 6:53 pm

Is this a picture of a night out with friends for Santiago?

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Jose November 17, 2013 at 10:44 am

He also doesn’t take steroids.

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