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Tigard liquor sellers caught in OLCC sting

Two Tigard businesses sold alcohol to minors during a recent sting of local liquor sellers, according to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission.

The OLCC and Tigard Police conducted a sting on 10 Tigard liquor sellers on Wednesday, Jan. 14. Two police officers and an OLCC inspector accompanied an 18-year-old volunteer to stores across Tigard.

The 18-year-old would try to purchase alcohol using his identification. The student is only enough to buy the alcohol, but the OLCC said that employees at Albertsons supermarket, 14300 S.W. Barrow Road and 7-Elven, 10650 S.W. McDonald St. sold him alcohol anyway. The employees were cited for furnishing alcohol to a minor.

This year’s check gives Tigard an 80 percent compliance rate, the same as the state average.

“The compliance rates help us know if we need to do more education with local businesses, and other things,” said OLCC spokeswoman Christie Scott.

Compliance by Tigard business has fluctuated greatly over the years. In 2009, Tigard business scored a 30 percent compliance rate. The next year it rose to 97 percent.

OLCC conducts random checks of businesses across the state. Compliance checks can also be initiated if OLCC or police receive complaints about a business.

“We really are trying to make sure that they know to check IDs,” said OLCC spokeswoman Christie Scott. “Don’t just glance at it and hand it back and assume because they are brazen enough to hand you an ID that they are 21. If you really are checking IDs you should never, ever sell alcohol to a minor.”

Scott said that employees should spend at least 10 seconds examining the identification.

“That’s a long time, but it’s enough time to make sure it’s valid and that the person giving it to you is the same person in the picture,” she said.

Tigard Police said that additional compliance checks are planned to reaffirm the importance to affected businesses that the sale of alcohol to minors will not be tolerated.

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