Twenty of 22 businesses visited in Prineville passed a check for alcohol sales to minors by refusing to sell alcohol to a minor volunteer, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission reported Friday.
The sales checks were performed July 10 by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission and Prineville Police Department.
The sales check resulted in a compliance rate of 91 percent, which is above the 2012
statewide average of 81 percent.
The commission performs the minor sales checks in an effort to reduce drinking by
minors, which is a serious problem throughout the state. The OLCC tests licensed liquor businesses throughout the year. Licensees or their employees could be held liable for alcohol-related damages and injuries if they serve or sell alcohol to a minor.
The OLCC offers a free training course on how to check ID’s. Participants learn how to identify false identification and the laws regarding minors and alcohol. Additional training opportunities are available including classes for store clerks and service permit holders.
Interested persons can call the local OLCC office to schedule a training session.
During the sales checks, a minor volunteer attempts to purchase alcohol from a licensed business to see if staff are checking ID’s correctly and refusing to sell alcohol to anyone under 21.
Commission inspectors or other law enforcement officers supervise the minor volunteers. The volunteers carry their own legal ID that identifies them as under 21 and do not disguise their age or lie to encourage the sale of alcohol. The Oregon Driver license for a minor carries a red border around the picture with the words “Minor Until” followed by the date of his/her 21st birthday.
Under Oregon law, businesses in cities with a population of 20,000 or more have an
equal chance of being randomly selected for a minor decoy compliance check. A
business can also be selected for a compliance check if there is a documented
complaint of sales to minors. Businesses in cities with a population under 20,000 and
unincorporated areas in counties are not subject to these selection requirements.
Minor Decoy Operation
July 10, 2013
22 premises visited: 20 No Sales, 2 Sales – Compliance rate of 91%
MAIN STATION EXPRESS
999 N MAIN STREET
555 NW MAIN STREET
PIZZA HUT #2183
1505 W 3RD STREET
550 W 3RD STREET
398 NW 3RD STREET
RITE AID #5393
1575 NE 3RD STREET
1595 E 3RD STREET #A-2
1851 E 3RD STREET
CROSS STREET STATION
1717 NE 3RD STREET
DEBBIE SUE'S CAFE
1555 NE 3RD STREET
TOM & CHARLEY'S
1590 3RD STREET SUITES B & C
TOWNE PUMP & PANTRY
612 N MADRAS HWY
WAGNER'S PRICE SLASHER
930 N MAIN STREET
PRINEVILLE LIQUOR STORE
1650 NE 3RD AVENUE
PRINEVILLE GROCERY OUTLET
1951 NE 3RD STREET
405 E 3RD STREET