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NBC's 'Little Black Book' star Skipper Kress arrested in 2001 for misdemeanor

By Wade Paulsen, 10/01/2003 

Bartending is not easy work -- not only do you have to mix drinks strong enough to satisfy the customers and weak enough to satisfy management, but you need to be sure that you aren't serving underage clients. Skipper Roy Kress, 27, the star of NBC's upcoming dating series Little Black Book, slipped up on the "underage" part, and it led to his arrest on a misdemeanor charge in 2001.

According to Mecklenburg County (NC) police records, Kress, whom NBC describes as the state's most eligible bachelor, was working at the Ponderosa Steak House in the Charlotte suburb of Mooresville on December 5, 2001, when he was arrested and charged with selling or serving alcohol to someone under the age of 21. We know no further details about the incident and have no idea how it was resolved -- but we note that Kress was working as manager of Dixie's Tavern, not at Ponderosa, in 2002 when he was auctioned off by "Hands On Charlotte" in a charity promotion.

And, yes, his given first name, according to the arrest record, really is "Skipper" -- it's not just a nickname. Perhaps his parents wanted him to end up on Gilligan's Island. But we repeat once again that we seriously doubt NBC's claim that the "most eligible bachelor" in the great state of North Carolina is a person who serves drinks at Ponderosa or at Dixie's Tavern.

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