Are you certified in Responsible Beverage Service (RBS)? If not, and you missed out on the training, here’s what you missed:
If caught by the ABC for serving a minor or an intoxicated customer, here is the liability you may face:
Types of Liability
- Criminal (Against the Server/Furnisher)
- Fine – $250 – $1,000.
- Community Service – 24-32 hours.
- Jail – up to six months.
- Administrative (Against the Licensee)
- Fines – Range from $750 – $20,000.
- Suspension of Licensee – loss of business/employment.
- Revocation – out of business.
Some facts you may not know:
1. You MUST stop alcohol service to someone who appears to be intoxicated.
- It is ILLEGAL to do so – is this statement below a fair tradeoff?
“You appear to be a bit intoxicated so I’ll just pour you one more.”
- NO! This is illegal. You just admitted that you identified an intoxicated customer so you legally CANNOT serve them!
- You CANNOT provide wine to a wine club member who is intoxicated
- If you served someone who looked fine at first and then starts to slur – you are not liable because you did not have probable cause to cease service, just DO NOT serve them anymore!
2. You don’t have to find them a ride home, although it would be a civil gesture.
3. If you sell alcohol to a minor and they are involved in a vehicle accident, you and your establishment are responsible!
4. If you put a wristband on someone, you are not liable. If you serve the minor with a wristband on, you ARE liable! So always check IDs even if they have a wristband or are with their parents.
5. Rule 144 of ABC: Fair Game with Decoys:
- look under 20
- cannot lie about age, but can lie about anything else
- cannot provide a fake ID
6. If you attended a RBS training you are eligible for mitigated penalty with proof of completion of a certified RBS Training Program.
7. 75% of all ABC violations come from the Decoy Program
8. ABC has a 3 strike policy:
- 1st strike: $3,000
- 2nd strike: $20,000
- 3rd strike: Revocation
How should I politely refuse service?
“I could lose my job if I accept this ID.”
“I’m sorry, do you have anything else to support this ID?” (if answer is no, use the previous statement)
“Can I offer you something else to drink?”
“How about a lemonade instead?”
then you can follow up with: “This is all I can serve you at this time.”
How can I identify fake IDs?
- Ask for ID
- Ask for age
- Check age to birthday
- Ask for birthday
- Ask for the year they graduated from high school
- Check the picture and height
If everything checks out – the ID looks real and they passed the question game – you are not liable!
If in doubt, DO NOT take the ID!!!