For years, Harvest Valley Homeowners Association struggled to get owners to attend board meetings. It tried incentives, such as a random drawing for gift cards, and food in a pre-meeting reception—all to no avail. Then it began offering alcohol at the reception, and owners have been showing up by the bunches. Unfortunately, one board member has been imbibing a bit too much. He hasn’t done anything egregious, and he makes sound business judgments, but it’s clear to all in attendance that he’s intoxicated. The rest of the Harvest Valley board is worried that if it takes alcohol away from the pre-meeting reception, owners will disappear again.
Should Harvest Valley let the good times roll and continue offering alcohol at its pre-meeting reception? Or is it risking too much?
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