During the sales checks, a minor volunteer attempts to purchase alcohol from a licensed business to see if staff are checking IDs correctly and refusing to sell alcohol to anyone under 21. As in years past, Cadets from the Sheriff's Office took on the role of decoys. OLCC inspectors and CCSO deputies 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.
This was the seventh-annual spring break inter-agency alcohol compliance check in Clackamas County.
Sheriff's Office Sgt. Ed Mura gives Clackamas County businesses passing marks.
"The alcohol sales compliance detail checked 184 grocery stores, bars, restaurants and smaller package stores," said Sgt. Mura. "Of those checks, 43 establishments sold to minors -- including two liquor stores. Of course, even one sale is more than what we want. However, realistically, we believe getting to 20% or less of sales is a more realistic expectation. We were not far off the mark at 23% . In past years it has been as high as 30-plus percent."
According to Carl Lewis, OLCC Regional Enforcement Manager, "During Spring Break, more students are out of school or home from college. This is the time when businesses need to do their best to prevent alcohol sales to minors. We want to see businesses be successful, but mostly we want to keep teens and the community safe."
Businesses who successfully passed inspection will receive a letter of acknowledgement from the Sheriff's Office. Businesses who failed inspection could face penalties.
James Rhodes, Lieutenant
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