Selling alcohol to minors is serious ...

Selling alcohol to minors is serious problem

There are 3 comments on the Estes Park Trail-Gazette story from Sep 6, 2013, titled Selling alcohol to minors is serious problem. In it, Estes Park Trail-Gazette reports that:

Twelve of the 34 businesses that were visited by local police and state liquor enforcement officials were found guilty of serving alcohol to minors.

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too many

Loveland, CO

#1 Sep 7, 2013
12 out of 34? Maybe the first offense penalty should be much stiffer, like 30 days for a first offense, and 6 months for repeat offenders like Safeway and Chippers, repeat offenders are just showing that the lesson wasn't learned the first time, and for a third? how about a permanent loss of your liquor license?
Enough is enough
Kim

Grand Junction, CO

#2 Sep 7, 2013
I'm rather mixed on this----I own a business(not liquor related) and short of looking over every employees back I can't prevent them from making a mistake or going against policy. Even if I have them sign a statement that they have read and understood the policy doesn't mean that they won't falter----Believe me I am not defending the actions of the employees that sold to the underage---just wondering why the penalty is so hard on the business owners---I know, I know the liquor license is in the owner's name. Wouldn't the people of EP be surprised if businesses or restuarants quit selling liquor because the penalty is not worth the risk of losing the money. Also---what is the penalty in other communities? Are we experiencing the "Wes Kufeld, the Strong Arm!!!"
mjh

Estes Park, CO

#3 Sep 9, 2013
I am way past the age of "offending" the liquor laws, so they don't check me, but I think that holding the business liable for the mistake the clerk made is way off base... The individual made the mistake, NOT the corporation... I personally called a liquor store in Estes Park and told them I know (family) that they have sold a bottle to a drunk person and that the next time they did it I was going to call the police.. I believe it is against STATE law to see liquor to an obviously inebriated person. In their words, "Oh we never do that, Oh I just came on duty, it must have been the other person..... blah, blah, blah... I promised I WILL call the police on them the next time I know for sure that they are selling a bottle to a family member that can barely stand up, yet is allowed to buy a bottle. The liquor store (s) are probably the worst offenders of all because so many people that are already drinking go in to buy a bottle...

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