Restaurant fined for serving beer to police cadet, 19 Trainee neglected to ask for identification

March 24, 1998|By Erika D. Peterman | Erika D. Peterman,SUN STAFF

The county Board of License Commissioners has fined a Columbia restaurant $100 for selling alcohol to a 19-year-old cadet working undercover for the Howard County Police Department.

Wings to Go, on Centre Park Drive, was penalized for selling a draft beer to the cadet in November. According to board documents, a clerk at the restaurant did not ask how old the cadet was or request identification when he purchased the beer with an order of chicken wings. The cadet was helping to determine whether liquor establishments were serving alcohol to minors.

Employee Herbert Larrimore testified that he sold beer to the cadet because he "had short hair and that he assumed that he was in the military and was 21 years of age," according to the board's decision.

A manager trainee at the time, Larrimore had not taken the alcohol awareness course required by store policy to serve alcohol. But Wings to Go manager Kirby Hudson testified that his managers have taken an alcohol awareness course since the incident.

Pub Date: 3/24/98

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