Bartenders, businesses cited for serving alcohol to minors

December 20, 2013 

Nine Boise alcohol servers and store clerks were cited Wednesday for selling alcohol to minors.

The Boise Police Department ran a check of 89 businesses, including bars, restaurants and retail stores. Police used two minors, one 17 and the other 18, to help with the sting. The students showed their real photo identifications when asked.

Several of the employees checked the IDs but still sold alcohol to the minors. Others just glanced at the ID or didn't appear to focus on the date of birth, then served the minors alcohol.

In addition, two doormen at separate bars allowed the minors into the bar and allowed them to loiter, which is also against the law. Another server was cited for failing to take a serving course.

Each of the employees who failed the test were cited. The businesses they work for will also receive administrative violations issued by the Idaho State Police and the City of Boise.

The establishments cited were: • Pengilly’s Bar • The Cactus Bar • Fred Meyer on Federal Way • Woody’s Pub on Vista Avenue • Walgreens on Federal Way • On The Border Restaurant on West Spectrum Street • Walmart on Overland Road • 20th Century Lanes on State Street • The Green Chile Restaurant on State Street

A person who sells or furnishes alcohol to an underage youth will face fines between $500 and $1,000 plus up to one year in jail.

Establishments cited for selling to minors face: First offense within three years: 10-day license suspension or $1,000.00 fine Second offense within three years: 30-day license suspension or a 15-day suspension and $1,500.00 fine. Third offense within three years: 180-day license suspension

The Boise Police department provides free training to employees of businesses on Idaho alcohol laws, recognizing fake ID's and how to prevent over-service. For information, call the Boise Police alcohol compliance officer at 426-4499.

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