Always Check ID! Five Reno Businesses Fail Alcohol Compliance Check At Santa Pub Crawl Event

pub crawlImagine this: you are working a busy special event at your bar, serving beverages to customers. A young man walks up to the bar and orders a pint of beer. You size him up. He seems sober, confident, and greets you with a smile. But, he does look like he might be a little young. You wonder if the bouncer at the door checked his I.D. Think fast – what do you do? Ask to see I.D. to confirm his age, or make the sale and send him back to his table with a pint? If you chose option number two, you would have failed the test.

This past Saturday marked Reno’s 17th annual Santa Pub Crawl event. While a festive and fun occasion for thousands of participants. Local law enforcement were working to help keep things safe. Five area businesses were cited for serving alcohol to minors. The Reno area’s Regional Street Enforcement Team, comprised of area police departments, conducts regular alcohol compliance and TAM Card checks. On Saturday, the Team sent four 18-20 year-old volunteers out to attempt alcohol purchases at 51 area businesses. This time around, five of those businesses made sales to the minors. These volunteers were given instructions to show their actual state-issued I.D. if they were asked for it, clearly identifying them as underage, according to authorities.

The penalties can be severe. In Nevada, serving alcohol to a minor and allowing a minor into a bar are misdemeanors, with a pre-designated fine of $500. Now, think about your training. Would you pass an alcohol compliance check? Here are some tips for keeping things safe and legal:

  • Get your mandatory TAM® Card and alcohol awareness training. TAM® will train you on how to correctly check identification and how to spot fake, borrowed, or altered ID. Police officers may ask to see your alcohol awareness card during an alcohol compliance check, so it is important to be prepared.
  • Check ID very carefully, and look for any inconsistencies. Watch for anyone who seems either nervous, or over confident. When checking the birth date of a customer, don’t rely only on the birth year alone to confirm someone is of legal drinking age. Minors may try to pull a fast one on busy or distracted workers by purchasing alcohol just a few months or weeks shy of their 21st birthdays. As evidenced by this recent operation, doing the math correctly is very important.
  • Be vigilant about third party sales. If you see a third party (like an adult, who was approached by a minor in the parking lot) attempt to purchase alcohol for a person under 21, you have a responsibility to take steps to curtail the activity.  Retailers have the right to refuse any sale when a reasonable person in their position would conclude that the adult is purchasing on behalf of an underage person.  Not only do TAM Card holders have a legal and ethical responsibility not to make sales to intoxicated persons and minors; they must also be vigilant in preventing sales to other people who are clearly purchasing alcohol for minors.

Every establishment needs policies to prevent alcohol sales to minors, and to protect themselves from liability, and the public from harm. Tell us in the Comments below – how else do you think service workers can help curb teen drinking?

Sources

17th Annual Santa Crawl Hits Downtown Reno – KTNV

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Working or volunteering for the Las Vegas Bacon and Beer Classic? You may need a TAM Card!

baconSummer is winding down to a close in Las Vegas. What better way to usher in the Fall than with a celebration of all things bacon and beer? As one of the fastest growing food and beverage festivals across the country, Las Vegas will host the Bacon and Beer Classic on October 14. With dozens of bacon-based dishes, 100+ craft beers, and fun and games for all, this event promises to be a great time. Volunteers and employees will be on site at the festival to help serve and sell alcoholic beverages to festival attendees. If you’re planning to work this event, make sure you are prepared. Alcohol awareness cards are required for anyone selling or serving alcoholic beverages for any length of time, including special one-time events and festivals… and the TAM® Card is the number one choice of employers in Las Vegas.

We’re offering a special discount code for anyone who needs to get their TAM Card for the Bacon and Beer Classic Festival. Use promo code BACON17 for 10% off your alcohol awareness training and TAM Card when you register at www.tamnevada.com. Whether you prefer to complete your course online or in our classroom, we’ve got you covered.

To register for a class and get your TAM Card, visit our website today.

Discount expires: 10/31/17

Working the festival? Check out our beautiful TAM Card promo for Life is Beautiful!

FestivalsIt’s a beautiful summer in Las Vegas, and the always popular Life is Beautiful festival is right around the corner! Volunteers and employees will descend onto the festival grounds in downtown Las Vegas from September 22-24 to help serve and sell alcoholic beverages to festival attendees. If you’re planning to work this event, make sure you are prepared. Alcohol awareness cards are required for anyone selling or serving alcoholic beverages for any length of time, including special one-time events and festivals… and the TAM® Card is the number one choice of employers in Las Vegas.

We’re offering a special discount code for anyone who needs to get their TAM Card for the Life is Beautiful Festival. Use promo code BEAUTIFUL for 10% off your alcohol awareness training and TAM Card when you register at www.tamnevada.com. Whether you prefer to complete your course online or in our classroom, we’ve got you covered.

To register for a class and get your TAM Card, visit our website today.

Discount expires: 9/30/17

TAM® of Nevada to Participate in Henderson Community Expo – National Night Out

community-expoWe are always happy to get involved with community events to promote safe beverage service, and we are happy to announce that TAM® of Nevada will be exhibiting at the Henderson Community Expo on Saturday, October 15th. The free event promises to be a great opportunity to meet your neighborhood business community. Fun for families, there will be interactive demonstrations and activities for all ages. So come by and join us!

The Henderson Community Expo 2016 will feature exhibits from over 100 local businesses that are based on health and wellness, fire and crime prevention, and public safety.

To learn more about the services offered by TAM of Nevada, visit our website, or stop by our booth and say “hello” on October 15th.  Be sure to stay up to date about this and other activities and events TAM® of Nevada will be attending by connecting with us on Facebook.

Event Details:

  • Henderson Community Expo – National Night Out
  • October 15, 2016
  • 11:00am-3:00pm
  • Location: Galleria at Sunset
  • Address: 1300 W. Sunset Road, Henderson, NV