Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Fines, Suspensions For Algonquin Underage Liquor Sales
Shan Hao Zhao will open Jiang's Mongolian Grill in Algonquin Commons soon where drinks will be offered. "We take the rules about selling alcohol to underage buyers very seriously," Village President John Schmitt told the restauranteur through a translator. "If you stick around you may find out," he said referring to the disciplinary hearings about to follow for alleged violators caught in compliance checks May 24.
Meijer gas station pleaded guilty to selling a six-pack of beer to an underage patron, receiving a $1,000 fine. Algonquin Food and Liquor pleaded guilty to the same thing, receiving a $2,000 fine for the underage sale and another one for $1,000 because the counterman hadn't taken a required liquor sales training course. The store's license was also suspended for four days during which it will be unable to sell liquor. Algonquin's Butera market likewise pleaded guilty to selling beer to a minor. Its fine was $2,000 and it, too, earned a four-day suspension. All three stores were also ordered to retaje liquor sales training courses, and all three shared the expenses of Tuesdays hearings.
In the pic: Algonquin PD's May liquor compliance check required sellers to really be on their toes; the buyer sent in was almost 21.