Westminster businesses fined for selling alcohol to underage police cadet

Eldersburg liquor store penalized for teen worker

June 02, 1999|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

Five Westminster establishments have been fined $300 each for selling alcohol to an underage police cadet in April, and a liquor store in Eldersburg has been fined $750 for employing an underage worker for duties other than stocking, county officials said.

The Carroll County liquor board cited these establishments for serving or selling beer on April 3 to a 20-year-old state police cadet: Olive Garden in the 500 block of Gorsuch Road; Golden Palace Restaurant in the 140 Village Shopping Center; Parks Landing, 140 Village Road; Harbour House Liquors, 140 Village Road; and Carriage House Liquors, in the 100 block of W. Main St.

In four instances, said Charles Kaiser, a liquor board inspector, the cadet was not asked for identification.

Kaiser said the cadet was asked for identification at Parks Landing, presented a valid state driver's license showing his age, 20, and was served a bottle of beer anyway.

Kaiser said that when he visited Carrolltowne Liquors in the 6400 block of Ridge Road in Eldersburg on March 30, he found Lisa Abbott, 19, working in the store with a 43-year-old clerk.

Asked who was in charge, Abbott said she was, said Kaiser.

According to testimony at a May 11 hearing before the liquor board, Abbott is the daughter of Melanie Abbott, the store manager. She was hired to operate the state lottery machine and perform bookkeeping duties, but was not involved in selling alcohol.

Kaiser testified that he learned from store records that Lisa Abbott had signed keg registration forms on several occasions, a violation because she is younger than 21.

The liquor board determined that her bookkeeping work also was a violation because it assists in the sale of alcoholic beverages.

The board did not address whether an underage employee may operate the lottery machine in a liquor store.

William Rowe, a co-owner of the store, testified that the liquor board office gave its approval to hiring Lisa Abbott to run the lottery machine.

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