"Police say using a paper bag to cover a beer bottle doesn’t save you from violating the open-container law.
People are not allowed to “open a bottle, can or other receptacle containing liquor in a public place,” possess those items in a public place or consume liquor in a public place, according to the Seattle Municipal Code.
Officers have to determine that someone is drinking alcohol, but the smell or behaviors of the person carrying the bag are typically a giveaway, police spokesman Mark Jamieson said earlier this year. The bag also looks suspicious.
“If you’re drinking a bottle of milk, why do you need the bag?” he said.
The fine for violating the open container law is $27."
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