AUBURN, Mass. – Three liquor license holders allegedly sold alcohol to a person under 21 during random stings conducted two weeks ago, the Auburn Police Department said.
An underage individual went into all businesses that sell alcoholic drinks to see whether they would properly refuse to sell alcohol to the underage agent, police said. The Auburn Police Department Liquor Law Enforcement Unit conducted the sting Aug. 22 and 23.
Auburn Convenience Store, Mass Discount Liquors and Outback Steakhouse sold alcoholic beverages to the person under 21, according to the Auburn police.
At Monday’s Board of Selectmen meeting, the board voted to set Sept. 24 as the hearing date for each license holder. The selectmen will determine whether a violation has occurred. If they do, then Police Chief Andrew J. Sluckis said the board should “take whatever action you deem to be appropriate at the time.”
According to Detective Sergeant Jeffrey Lourie’s report, Auburn Convenience Store at 33 Zabelle Ave. sold a minor a six-pack of Bud Light on Aug. 22 at 5:15 p.m. The minor said he was not asked for any identification.
Mass Discount Liquors at 844 Southbridge St. sold a minor a six-pack of Bud Light on Aug. 22 at 6:01 p.m., the report said. Again, the minor said he was not asked for any identification.
Then at Outback Steakhouse, located at 771 Southbridge St., an underage individual bought a Bud Light from the bartender on Aug. 23 at 5:50 p.m., according to the police report. The bartender first asked for the minor’s identification, and the minor said he did not have an ID with him.
The bartender called over the manager, who asked the minor for his date of birth. The minor gave his true date of birth, which clearly identified that he is under 21. Despite this, the manager told the bartender to serve the minor a beer.
Several establishments were in compliance and refused to sell or serve alcohol to the minor during the sting, according to Lourie’s report. These businesses include Auburn Park n’ Shop, Royal Lounge (Halligans), Chuck’s Steak House, Holiday Pizza, Chester P. Tuttle Post, Chili’s Grill & Bar, Auburn Town Pizza, Applebee’s, Yong Shing, Colony One Package Store, Pub 99 Boston, Troy’s Sports Bar, Bentley’s Pub, TNZ Inc., Major League Roast Beef, Pointless Forest, G & J Liquors, Auburn Package Store, Jasmine’s Asian Restaurant and AMF Bowling.
“I congratulate the license holders that were in compliance and had no issues,” Selectmen Chairperson Doreen Goodrich said.