Archive for Saturday, June 16, 2012

Minors, bars cited in underage drinking sting

June 16, 2012


Officers with the Kansas Alcoholic Beverage Control and Kansas University and Lawrence police departments Thursday night cited five people in an effort to crack down on underage drinking and fake IDs.

Sgt. Trent McKinley, a Lawrence police spokesman, said officers checked nine licensed establishments as part of the Fake ID 101 task force operation. The citations included four charges for possession of alcohol by a minor and three charges for possession or use of a fake ID. Some people were cited for more than one charge.

ABC officers also issued administrative citations to three establishments — Bullwinkle’s, Tonic and Phoggy Dog — alleging employees allowed minors to possess alcohol. The ABC also cited Quinton’s Bar and Deli for failing to frame and hang its state liquor license in a conspicuous area.


sickofdummies 1 year, 10 months ago

It really has nothing to do with what the legal age of drinking or driving SHOULD be. The age is set, has been for years. The issue is about following the law. You dont get to decide what laws should be, and which ones you should and should not follow. They all must be followed. If you disagree with it, fight the law, dont break it.


Curtis Lange 1 year, 10 months ago

Waste of time/money as usual. Just lower the drinking age to 16 and raise the driving age to 18 already...


patkindle 1 year, 10 months ago

why cant they just sneak down to the basement and smoke pot like everyone else in lawrence? perhaps going to bars is more fun? oops never mind


lily 1 year, 10 months ago

Legal age to drink is 21. Go by the law or pay the price. If you don't like it work to change it. That's what needs to get started. Call, write, email your congressmen, senators, whoever. I agree that if you can go to war at 18 you should be able to buy a drink, but it is the law. Of course, no one checks how bright you are for either but that's another story. If the same bars get checked then they should be diligent. This is a college town and there are the favorites, the "in" places and most accessible so not hard to figure out which ones will be checked regularly.


ssteve1 1 year, 10 months ago

In Lawrence? A college town?? And after watching MTV??? How can this be????


geekin_topekan 1 year, 10 months ago

Isn't falsifying information to the state, like an ID, a level-IV felony? WHat happens to the Patriot Act on this one?


Steven Gaudreau 1 year, 10 months ago

Minors drink in every establishment that serves alcohol. The police and ABC always check the same places. This type of policing is called selective enforcement and is illegal. This behavior is no different then the concept of racial profiling. The 6 bars that get checked every single time this "task force" raids them shoulg get together and file a lawsuit against the city, Corliss, police chief. Director of abc, the agents and all the members of the New Coalition that funds the raids. How often is the ABC in Goodland raiding bars or even Wichita?


pizzapete 1 year, 10 months ago

What is it with kids today that they need to drink alcohol? When I was a kid, me and my friends got together on the weekends and sat around a campfire roasting marshmellows, singing kumbaya, and talking about the volunteer work we were doing. We didn't need alcohol, cellphones, video games, or the internet for entertainment. An acoustic guitar, a bag of marshmellows, and the love of Jesus was all we needed to keep us busy.


reality_check79 1 year, 10 months ago

Lowering the drinking age solves nothing... They are already drinking!!! The only way to solve it is to punish the kids who have fakes more harshly... They know they are underage, pay 50-100 bucks, send a pic overseas and a week later a fake comes back in a small box resembling a watch case with the fake of any state they choose in the middle... These fakes are legitimate, hologram and everything... Only difference is they don't scan when they are checked by law enforcement... Nothing bars can do until ABC comes in and writes them a fine... Spoiled kids don't care if a bar gets caught, has to close for a weekend, parents blame everyone but the idiot kid who costs bar owners and liquor store owners thousands in fines each year... Time for the new generation of spoiled kids to be held accountable...


FalseHopeNoChange 1 year, 10 months ago

This is 'New America'. Let them drink. Legalize prostitution. "Choom" til they pass out. The Flexible Dictator is a "choomer". Rahm is "decriminalizing" pakalolo in Chi town.

'Break' a few more "seals" there are 4 or 5 left.

It's all about 'fun' in New America.


skinny 1 year, 10 months ago

I agree with wolfmn1958. They need to really crack down and be harsher on the violators instead of just slapping them on the hands like they do. Most kids when caught think it’s a joke! Wonder why!! A $200.00 fine and alcohol counseling classes for six months!! No wonder they continue to get repeat violations. It’s no deterrent!


wolfmn1958 1 year, 10 months ago

It's pretty bad that you can die for your country but can't drink a beer till your 21. I was born in 1958 an could legally drink when I was 18. I'm not much of a drinker,but I still disagree with the 21 age limit


3up3down 1 year, 10 months ago

Let them drink at 16 like other countries. Just can't get a driver's license till they are 21 and enforce the harsh driving violations like they do.


Matthew Herbert 1 year, 10 months ago

Let me put on my surprised face that Bullwinkle's got cited. That place is an open sore in this community and has been for a long time.


LJ Whirled 1 year, 10 months ago

What were the ages of those cited? As in, were they really "minors" or just adult citizens who had not yet reached the arbitrary age of 21 years before engaging in otherwise lawful, adult activity? Just wondered.


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