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An OLCC inspector and minor volunteer did the compliance testing as part of the OLCC’s priority effort to curtail underage drinking, which is a serious problem in Oregon.
(EUGENE) - Nine of 13 licensed businesses tested in Eugene sold alcohol to a minor during a recent compliance operation conducted by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission.
“This is an alarming 69 percent sales rate, which is nearly triple the average statewide rate of 25 percent,” said Inspector Mark Jaehnig, of the OLCC’s Eugene office.
“That tells us that licensees and their employees need to do a much better job of checking ID to ensure that we keep alcohol out of the hands of minors.”
The licensees that sold were:
Everyone’s Market, 1245 Echo Hollow; Rick’s Pub, #20 Highway 99 N.; El Jarro Azul Mexican & Salvadorian, 764 Blair Blvd.; Dari Mart, 4099 W 11th; Dari Mart, 2920 W. 11th; West 7th Shell, 1080 W. 7th; Shari’s, 2950 W. 11th; Kamloon Restaurant, 2674 Roosevelt; Duck Inn, 1795 W. 6th.
Servers and bartenders or licensees whose employees provide alcohol to the minor or fail to verify their age, are subject to administrative sanctions including fines or license suspensions.
Store clerks who sell are cited into court and face at least a $350 fine.
An OLCC inspector and minor volunteer did the compliance testing Jan. 19th as part of the OLCC’s priority effort to curtail underage drinking, which is a serious problem in Oregon.
These licensees refused to sell to the minor:
7-Eleven, 1107 Bertleson; Keg Tavern, 4711 W. 11th; Lok Yaun Restaurant, 2360 W. 11th; Safeway, 495 Bailey Hill Rd. In a compliance test, the volunteer attempts to buy alcohol from licensees or their employees to determine if they are properly checking identification and obeying state law prohibiting alcohol sales to anyone under 21.
The minors are supervised by OLCC inspectors or other law officers, carry their own legal ID and are advised not to disguise their age or encourage the sale of alcohol.
The OLCC tests about 1,500 licensed liquor businesses annually and a number of police agencies also do compliance checks.
The OLCC offers training to store clerks, service permit holders and others on ID checking, identifying false identification and laws regarding minors and alcohol.
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