Liquor Violations Represent Only Part Of Underage Drinking Problem

Arlington Heights works to prohibit underage drinking by enforcing strict adherence to restrictions on sales to minors. After an annual summer enforcement operation, which involved police minor "agents" attempts to buy liquor at 97 establishments -- including restaurants with bars and liquor stores, the following establishments received sanctions as a result of violations:

Javier's, 8 W. Miner St., was fined $1,000 (plus court costs), and will be required to cease liquor sales for a seven-day period sometime in the next two months (the business is free to choose the time period). Businesses are able to remain open and sell food during sanction time.

On July 30, 2012, an employee at Javier's sold a frozen margarita to an 18-year-old working with the police department, even though the server asked for the minor's ID and saw that she was not 21, according to village prosecutor Ernest Blomquist. The violation was the third in a decade.

Red Rooster Liquors, 827 N. Wilke Road, was fined $600 plus court costs, and will have its liquor license suspended for two days. The violation of selling alcohol to a minor was the second within a year.

JD's Q and Brew, 284-298 W. Rand Road was fined $400 plus courts costs. The violation was the second offense in a year, but the business was able to show the village that significant changes were made regarding liquor sales and the business was granted a reduced penalty.

La Roca Tapas, 6 S. Dunton, was fined $300 plus court costs after underage agents were sold wine without being asked for ID. The establishment had only been open a few months at the time of its first violation.

Meg's Liquors, 1041 S. Arlington Heights Road next to Dondi's Pizza (unrelated) was fined $200 plus court costs -- receiving a lesser penalty because it was the first offense for selling to a minor ,and because the owner Magdalena Gasior showed Mayor Arlene Mulder several ways she changed the ID checking process to prevent further sales to minors.

Golf Liquor, 606 E. Golf Road, fined $400 plus court costs after the business initially passed its regular compliance check. Police later received a tip and sent the underage agents back to the liquor store. A 19-year-old "agent" was sold a six-pack of beer without being asked for ID, according to Blomquist. The violation was the first offense for the store, owners were for the violation.

Inadequate store security is another problem where minors are able to obtain liquor illegally by shoplifting. Grocers and liquor stores are susceptible to retail theft of liquor, which occurs frequently.

Another source of underage drinking includes incidents that involve contributing to the delinquency of minor -- such as under age drinking parties that occur with or without the knowledge of parents.

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