Members of the Bristol Police Department Detective and Patrol Divisions, along with the Connecticut State Liquor Commission and trained youth volunteers conducted an operation targeting liquor and convenience stores that sell alcohol to underage buyers in Bristol.
“The teams attempted underage liquor purchases in 28 stores. Of those stores our underage youth volunteers successfully purchased alcohol at 13 establishments.”
Those establishments were then visited by the State Liquor Control agents who notified them of the underage purchases, outlined the fines and penalties associated with the sales.
Those establishments will also face a hearing to answer for the violations.
According to the CDC, excessive drinking is responsible for more than 4300 deaths among underage youth each year.
The 13 stores that failed to comply are:
- K & S Liquors, 191 Park St.
- Jay Wine & Liquor, 427 N Main St.
- Bristol Liquor Outlet, 15 Memorial Blvd.
- Town & Country Discount Liquors, 170 Riverside Ave.
- Nestor’s Package Store, 80 Wolcott St.
- Broad Street Package Store, 369 Broad St.
- Friendly Package Store, 406 Birch St.
- Bristol Wine & Spirits, 274 Middle St.
- Big Dollar Liquor, 874 Terryville Ave.
- Burlington Ave Wine & Spirits, 152 Burlington Ave.
- Nick’s Package Store, 535 Farmington Ave.
- M & M Mini Market, 485 Farmington Ave.
- Edgewood Wine & Spirits, 568 Jerome Ave.
What are the Consequences of Selling Alcohol to Minors?
What if the Minor Used a Fake ID?
A licensee is only held liable if they sold to a minor without asking for any ID. If an ID card is asked for, and a fake ID indicating the minor is actually 21 is shown, then in almost all cases, no charges will be filed from either the police or from the state alcohol control board.
The one exception is for cases where the ID does not appear to be reasonably realistic. For example, if it says the minor is 100 years old, or is of a completely different appearance altogether, then you will likely be held liable.
However, due to newer, extremely accurate-looking forgeries on the black market, a bar or liquor store will rarely be held liable for accepting a fake ID. The same applies to actual ID cards that don’t belong to the minor (for instance if a person uses his older brother’s real driver’s license).
The vast majority of police stings and investigations are designed to catch liquor vendors who sell to minors without carding, or card them (and get real IDs that say they are minors), and then sell them anyway.
So it is very important that your clerks actually do check the age represented on any IDs presented. A scanning device to confirm the IDs authenticity (available for little cost), can go a long way in protecting you from liability, even though many forged IDs are now so advanced as to pass this test too.