No excuse for not complying Too many Enid businesses failed by selling alcohol to minors during recent check

Enid News & Eagle Editorial Board
Sep 1st, 2016


It was disheartening to hear the results of the latest alcohol compliance check by Garfield County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Dariel Momsen and PreventionWorkz’s Meri Spurlock.

Checks were conducted Aug. 22 at 10 restaurants and bars in Enid, and four — 40 percent — failed by selling alcohol to the underage volunteers working with Momsen and Spurlock. The businesses were Buffalo Wild Wings, Southern Twist, Emilio’s and Cafe Garcia.

Frankly, there absolutely is no excuse for any of the businesses — or the clerks who were cited — to have failed. It’s a matter of simple mathematics. All any of the clerks had to do was look at the licenses of the volunteers and do the math to determine if they are old enough to be served alcohol.

“It is disappointing,” Sheriff Jerry Niles said. “The state of Oklahoma spends lots of money on advertising and educating people to check licenses and they’re not doing it.”

We would hope employees are trained by their employers about the state’s alcohol laws and how to determine if a person is old enough to be served alcohol. It makes good business sense for employers to do the right thing. Continued failure could lead to such consequences as losing their licenses to sell alcohol.

Honestly, it makes more sense for clerks to err on the side of caution and check the ID’s of everyone who looks like they might be too young rather than for them to not check at all.

While we’re at it, we’d like to commend the businesses that did comply with state law:  La Fiesta, Sula, Imperial China, Blaze’s BBQ, Chili’s and Applebee’s.

Businesses that want training on alcohol laws can get it for free. PreventionWorkz, a nonprofit funded by Oklahoma De­­partment of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, provides Responsible Beverage Service and Sales training to anyone interested. RBSS training is presented quarterly, with the next training scheduled noon to 3 p.m. Nov. 19 at Callahan’s Pub and Grill, 220 N. Independence.

PreventionWorkz will present the RBSS training to individual alcohol establishments upon request. Call Spurlock at (580) 231-3991 for more information or to register for the training.