Red Sox sports bar charging $500 to skip the wait

If your local restaurant starts charging you a fee to cut to the front the line during busy hours, you can blame the Boston Red Sox.

Former Red Sox player Jerry Remy is offering diners at his new sports bar a $500 "season pass" so they can be served before other patrons during the televised games.The Boston Globeon Wednesday dished the details of this greedy gambit: You forgo the wait and receive a guaranteed table with a free beer, plus $25 in food credits along with access to so-called exclusive events. Nearly 200 already have signed up. Remy's Sports Bar and Grill plans similar packages for the NBA's Celtics and NFL's Patriots.

You don't need to be a Yankees fan to give this idea a big Bronx cheer (that's a jeer which sounds like a verbal fart). While this might seem to be a localized kind of kookiness, word travels fast in the pub industry. Owners will be watching this closely to see if Remy's can get away with it.