Woodstock Inn fined $1,000 for refilling old liquor bottles

July 29, 1992

The county liquor board fined the Woodstock Inn $1,000 yesterday for refilling old bottles with new liquor.

The board originally ordered a two-day suspension of the tavern's liquor license, but agreed to the fine yesterday after holders of the liquor license requested the fine instead.

According to a statement of facts given to the board on June 16, the liquor board clerk received a phone call in December 1991 alleging that the tavern was watering down drinks.

Liquor inspector Michael J. Sherman went to the tavern on Feb. 18, 1992, and found that nine bottles of popular liquor brands had been refilled.

The tavern's attorney, George Psoras Jr., told the board the bottles were merely refilled, not watered down. The purpose of refilling the bottles at the end of each day was to determine how much was sold and how much money should be in the till, Mr. Psoras told the board.

Licensee Joseph Wayne Braglio Sr. told the board he used the bottle system because a computerized cash register was too expensive. He said he now makes a line on a piece of paper to indicate the level on various bottles.

The tavern was fined $500 in 1990 for serving an intoxicated patron. It was recently told by police that an underaged cadet had been served alcohol. It was warned against further violations.

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