Employees who served alcohol to underage people working with police have been cited. Out of the twenty businesses Fairfield Police conducted the compliance checks at over the weekend, six had employees who sold to someone under 21.
According to Fairfield Police Lt Colin Smith the employees will be fined $735. He says penalties for retailers that violate compliance laws are handled by the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division.
Spokesperson for ABD, Tonya Dusold, says, for their first offense, retailers receives a $500 civil penalty. The second offense in two years carries 30 day suspension and fine of $1,500. A fourth violation leads to a revoked liquor license for the business. She says the division doesn’t physically send people out to find violators, so they rely on information from the state patrol and police departments that conduct these sorts of checks.