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The ABCs of the alcohol sting

Julia Parker

Since a lot of town folk have responded, most anonymously, to the Alcoholic Beverage Control “sting” (“Alcohol sting nets 6 Truckee businesses” Sierra Sun May 25), I’ve decided to throw in my two cents, as I was having lunch at Moody’s that day.

I had just ordered my lunch when a very heavy-set man and his friend sat down next to me. The bartender was busy getting bread, etc. for me and these two started demanding to order. Next, some other fellow walks in and started at one end of the bar walking to the other end, yelling, “Can I make dinner reservations now, for tonight?”

Meanwhile, my salad arrives and the overweight man next to me commented on how good it looked. “Yes,” I replied, “the food here is very good. Are you having lunch as well?”

By this time we were rubbing elbows and he was so enthralled with my salad I nearly asked him if he’d like a bit. I looked straight into the eyes of this person. He looked around 28 to 30 years old.

Now, I’m 66 ” the whole world looks young in my eyes ” there’s nothing wrong with my vision. I had cataract surgery last year and my vision (in both eyes) is 20-15 ” better than the doctor’s vision who performed my surgery!

I have been in the bar/restaurant business off and on for the past 45 years. I have had my share of encounters with the ABC during that time. None have been negative results on my behalf (in other words, not once have I been busted).

However, my experiences with the ABC were completely different than the antics performed at Moody’s that afternoon. Their performance caused chaos and commotion.

Still, that’s not an excuse for not checking an identification of someone questionable regarding age. This young man, however, did not look anywhere under 28 years old. I would not have carded him nor his older partner. Had he looked under 25 I would have spoken up to the bartender. I, also, don’t condone the sale of liquor to minors. The operation I witnessed was not above board. Shouldn’t a decoy used by officials at least look questionable?

The fact is, most young people obtain alcohol from someone over 21, raid the liquor cabinet, etc. The real responsibility starts in the home. Teaching our children the right morals and values would help to keep them sober and off the streets. And, if you are one of those over-21 persons buying alcohol for kids, I hope the ABC catches you in the act.