TABC to crack down on alcohol sales to minors
Texas students are dropping out of school for the summer, which means an increase in the number of parties and an increase in the number of minors attempting to buy alcohol. And the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) has none of that.
According to a press release on Wednesday, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission will step up efforts to prevent the sale of alcohol to minors in the state of Texas.
How do they apply this? By organizing what are called “minor compliance operations”. Companies that break the law could see a fine or a temporary suspension of their license to sell alcohol, which is really bad. And that’s not all. The employee making the sale could face a felony charge of misdemeanor.
According to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, UCOs have been a very important tool for the agency in recent years, but the coronavirus pandemic has made things more difficult:
OCUs have been an important part of TABC’s toolkit for years, but the pace of operations slowed in 2020 as the agency observed COVID-19 security protocols.
“While we are extremely fortunate that the vast majority of alcohol retailers are doing the right thing, these underage compliance operations play a vital role in keeping alcohol out of the hands of minors.” said Bentley Nettles, executive director of TABC. “Now that Texas bars and restaurants are open to capacity, TABC is committed to ensuring that retailers have the authority to refuse any sale of alcohol that endangers public safety.”
TABC officers follow strict health and safety protocols to protect all OCU participants. Participants undergo a rapid COVID-19 test and are tested for any contact with the virus before each overnight operation.
The operation of the UCO is quite simple. The miner who works for the TABC tries to buy alcohol from a retailer under surveillance. If the business sells to the miner, he is in trouble.