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Dominican Republic Resort Dispenses With Liquor Dispensers

GM says decision isn't linked to recent deaths
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 25, 2019 7:43 AM CDT
The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.   (PRNewsFoto/Hard Rock International)

(Newser) – Liquor dispensers are being pulled from guest rooms at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino resort in Punta Cana following the deaths of two Americans. The move will "provide more tranquility for guests," General Manager Erica Lopez tells CNN, claiming the decision did not come in response to the death of 67-year-old Robert Bell Wallace in April or 45-year-old David Harrison last July. Wallace, in the Dominican Republic for his stepson's wedding, reportedly died after consuming scotch from a minibar, per Fox News. The FBI is testing at least one minibar at another resort where three tourists died to determine if alcohol is a possible factor. The New York Times reports the dispensers held large bottles of liquor in a cabinet, while Rolling Stone digs into the theory of counterfeit alcohol. (Read more Dominican Republic stories.)

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