Bouncing and booze: Good for business or a bad mix?

Marcelino Benito

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Bouncing and booze: Good for business or a bad mix?

CREATED Nov. 11, 2013

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Right now inside AZ Air Time, there's a lot of bouncing, but no booze.

"We would love to be able to serve that," owner Barry Jenkins said.

Jenkins says it's the parents who bring their kids in who want it sold.

"We are trying to find a way to satisfy those customers and keep the safety of the jumpers," said Jenkins.

"Our first reaction was, really?" said Northwest Fire Captain Adam Goldberg.

Goldberg says risky will just get riskier. University of Arizona Medical Center also worried about more injuries.

"If you add alcohol to the mix, it just makes it much worse," said epidemiologist Dan Judkins.

AZ Air Time actually agrees.

"You would have a difficulty of safety if you do this," admits Jenkins.

It's why just a handful of parks across the country sell booze. Jenkins says no jumpers would be allowed to drink, but enforcing that is the tricky part.

"We want to make sure it's 100 percent safe and secure before we move forward," said Jenkins.

Just a few weeks in and so far, no 911 calls to AZ Air Time. Their safety record is perfect. And no one wants a possible liquor license to change that.

"I've met the staff," said Goldberg. "They watch the kids, they watch the games. They're great. But what the alcohol will do has yet to be seen."

There's no law preventing businesses from allowing people to drink and jump on a trampoline. Jenkins says that will never happen at AZ Air Time. He says safety always comes first.

 

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