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3 Sonoma Businesses Cited for Serving Alcohol to Minors

Sting operation Friday by Sonoma Police and California ABC.

 

Three Sonoma businesses were cited for selling alcohol to underaged decoys in a sting operation Friay.

Round Table Pizza, Hopmonk Tavern and Pizzeria Capri were cited in a sting operation conducted by the Sonoma Police Department in conjunction with the California State Alcoholic Beverage Control.

Police decoys visited various licensed establishments in the City of Sonoma and surrounding Sonoma Valley area, according to a news release from the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office.

The employees were criminally cited for furnishing alcohol to minors and the businesses are being referred to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control for administrative license violations.

This project is part of the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control's Minor Decoy / Shoulder Tap Grant Project, funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

eric kritz February 17, 2013 at 07:03 PM
Don't they have anything better to do? How about we DE-fund THIS activity, and put the money into paving our roads?
Angela White February 17, 2013 at 07:47 PM
I would have to disagree. As a restaurant employee for many years now, it is mine and the restaurant's/bar's responsibility to make sure they are not serving anyone under age. I think it's pretty important to make sure minors can't saddle up at a bar and drink. I like our bumpy roads, it deters people from speeding through our town.
Ralph Hutchinson February 17, 2013 at 11:48 PM
Bust em all. Its widely known that its going on. Routine audits and stings should be normal standard procedure. The carryouts are the worst offenders and Sonoma Valley is loaded with them. CHiPs work the highways ensuring flowing traffic and watching speeders and violations same should be done here with ABC.
Ralph Hutchinson February 17, 2013 at 11:50 PM
But Angela, obviously not all other workers and owners of liquor establishments are as disciplined as yourself and need someone to watch over them and ensure they are enforcing rules. I do agree with you about the potholes LOL.
Angela White February 18, 2013 at 03:40 PM
Absolutely Ralph. I have worked in wineries and restaurants, it's a tricky business making sure to stay engaged through out the day with every guest you see. I'm glad the police are doing the best they can to protect the safety of minors and the community.
Robert Demler February 18, 2013 at 03:54 PM
I still contend (as I did in an earlier posting to the Index-Tribune) that this program is entrapment as these folks (the staff at these restaurants) would not normally intend to sell alcohol to minors. Look up the definition of entrapment. I also think that the use of minors in this program is a form of child abuse.
Jennifer Churchill February 19, 2013 at 07:01 PM
I agree it's strange to have young kids be involved in this way - maybe not child abuse, but certainly unusual and likely to have some sort of unintended impact on the kids that participate. First, they're being taught to lie, which isn't good. I agree that we don't want our kids to drink, but penalizing an establishment because someone mistook another's age isn't going to stop kids from drinking. It will just stop kids from drinking at that location; instead, they'll get it some other way and cruise the back roads. It just seems like a lot of financial and reputational damage is done to these businesses and it doesn't really impact the big picture of the problem of underage drinking at all.
Robert Demler February 19, 2013 at 07:27 PM
Well said, Jennifer Churchill - a better expression than mine about the negative aspects of involving minors in this so-called 'sting' operation which I still contend is entrapment.

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