Busted! The alcohol bra, flask sandal and other devious ways teenagers sneak alcohol into prom
22:59 GMT, 3 May 2012
As the saying goes, 'where there's a will there's a way', and for high school seniors heading to prom, getting drunk is most certainly their will.
The inventive ways that teenagers sneak alcohol into the end of school dances have been detailed as part of a report about underage drink driving in Montgomery County, Maryland where tactics are surprisingly cunning.
In fact, so devious are the prom-goers, a local police officer holds a meeting for limo drivers keen to outfox their excitable young passengers.
Too much fun According to a report in Maryland, teenagers on their way to prom will do anything from use an 'alcohol bra' to a 'flask sandal' to get drunk
According to the WUSA report, among the devices known to be used among boys and girls of Montgomery County and no doubt beyond, is the most recent addition: the alcohol bra.
'[It] actually has little compartments in it and there's a straw down the strap,' Officer William Morrison explained, showing a picture of the device to a room full of speechless car hire employees.
And this isn't the only such invention designed to help underage revellers liven up the party atmosphere.
Sandals with a flask slotted into the sole were also a fad popular among the teens.
One man who is no stranger to the innovative tricks used is On The Town Limo owner, Len Joseph.
do make all the backpacks, purses and everything go in the trunk, no
matter what,' he assured the reporter, but he can still tell a tale or
two about the ways in which he has caught his customers trying to cheat
Inventive: The alcohol bra and flask sandal are popular alcohol-hiding devices
Mr Joseph recalled one prom experience when he was asked to make a quick stop at a local convenience store.
Though he thought it was an odd request seeing as the limo was stocked ceiling-high with soda and water, he obliged.
When the boys returned with two huge bags of Snapple, none of which popped when the lids were opened the way they usually do, Mr Joseph cottoned on.
'I said, “hey, you guys got Snapple Pass one of those up for old Mr. Len, that's great. Great stuff.” Well you could see the look go over every face,' he said.
Too smart for the kids: On The Town Limo owner Len Joseph knows all their tricks and schemes
Caught red handed with bottles that had been emptied by a store clerk friend and refilled with booze, the limo driver took the children back to their parents' house.
'They're very creative. Very creative,' he nodded.
And perhaps slightly obsessed too.
Officer Morrison recalled a run-in with a driver last year who asked him: '”Hey, do you mind talking to this kid He's got the mintiest fresh breath you've ever seen!” And sure enough, what he was actually doing was drinking Scope.'
Scope is a dental mouthwash that contains 40 per cent alcohol.
But Mr Joseph is resolute that no alcohol-related funny business will happen in his cars: 'We just can't have it. Parents put their trust in us and we have to bring them back the same way we found them.'