Thirteen of 18 licensed businesses tested in Clackamas County refused to sell alcohol to a minor during recent compliance checks by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission.

Among the businesses that sold alcohol to minors were Pizzabella, 1115 S.W. McVey in Lake Oswego and Wine About It, 22240 Salamo Road in West Linn, the OLCC reported.

Servers and bartenders or licensees whose employees provide alcohol to the minor or fail to verify their age, are subject to administrative sanctions including fines or license suspensions. Store clerks who sell are cited into court and face at least a $350 fine.

Four OLCC inspectors and two minor volunteers did the compliance testing July 5 and 7 as part of the agency's priority effort to curtail underage drinking, which is a major problem in Oregon.

In a compliance test, the minor volunteer attempts to buy alcohol from licensees or their employees to determine if they are properly checking identification and obeying state law prohibiting alcohol sales to anyone under 21. The volunteers are supervised by OLCC inspectors or other law officers, carry their own legal ID and are advised not to disguise their age or encourage the sale of alcohol.

The OLCC tests about 1,500 licensed liquor businesses annually and a number of police agencies also do compliance checks. The agency offers training to store clerks, service permit holders and others on ID checking, identifying false identification and laws regarding minors and alcohol.

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