Northeast Ohio Bar Under Fire for Glorifying Drunken Driving by Displaying OVI License Plates

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A northeast Ohio bar is under fire for their choice of wall decor and are being pinned for glorifying drunken driving after patrons began complaining about the bar's collection of OVI license plates, visibly displayed on a wall in Mentor's Stadium Grill bar.

Fox 8 News ran an article earlier this morning, illustrating the very negative reactions of community members toward the plates, particularly from people who had lost relatives to drunken driving accidents.

Julie Leggett, executive director of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, told Fox 8 that the display has essentially become a wall of honor- an "honor," perhaps, that others would strive for.

Shari Rymer, the owner of the Stadium Grill and a two time OVI offender hereself, says her decor isn't meant to promote an environment of irresponsibility. She says she takes drunken driving very seriously and even hosts AA meetings there. The plates are actually meant to encourage patrons not to drink and drive, she says. What's more, it's her bar and she can decorate it the way she likes, she said.

What do you think? Do the plates promote an environment of drunken driving even if it's not Rymer's intention? Should she take them down? Keep them up? Leave your comments below.

You can sorta make out the bar's collection of yellow license plates in this photo- they're back behind the bar:

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