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Ruben Santiago “Doesn’t Drink?”

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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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