Delivering alcohol is a serious responsibility. Alcohol is a legal drug that is available only to individuals 21 or older. Your employer, friends, family, and community expect you to help control how this drug is sold.

Here are some reasons why you should not deliver alcohol to minors or visibly intoxicated persons:

  • Alcohol is a leading cause of death among young people. If you deliver alcohol to a minor, you could share in causing the undue deaths of others.
  • If you deliver alcohol to minors, you could be held responsible for liabilities, death, or damages from alcohol-related accidents.
  • What happens if you unknowingly or unintentionally deliver alcohol to a minor:
    • the first conviction is a Class A Violation with a fine of at least $200
    • a second conviction is a specific fine Violation up to $860
    • a third conviction is a Class A Misdemeanor with a fine of not less than $1,000
    • a fourth conviction is a Class A Misdemeanor with a fine of not less than $1,000, and a mandatory sentence of not less than 30 days in jail
  • The most extreme punishment for delivering alcohol to a minor or a visibly intoxicated person is a Class A Misdemeanor, which is a criminal offense punishable by fines up to $6,250 and a year of jail.
  • If you deliver alcohol to a minor or fail to check their ID, you will be required to receive additional training before you may continue your current job.
  • You may end up with a criminal record that could affect your future.
  • State law provides possible increased criminal penalties for those who are delivering alcohol to minors and who:
    • Have not completed an OLCC-approved seller training program,
    • or
    • Don’t have a valid Alcohol Service Permit

It is the employee’s responsibility to keep a record regarding their completion of an OLCC-approved training program. It will be up to the employee to provide such records to the court to be considered for a possible reduced criminal penalty.

How to Refuse an Alcohol Delivery to the Customer:

If you don’t think a customer is 21, or if you see a customer showing signs of visible intoxication, you must not deliver alcohol to that person. The Merchant should have a policy about what is expected of you when you have to refuse a sale. Here are some tips on refusing to deliver alcohol that may be helpful:

  • Try being polite since people are generally more cooperative when treated respectfully
  • Act confidently, convincing people you know what you’re doing.
  • Be tactful; don’t accuse a customer of being intoxicated. Say you cannot sell them alcohol at this time.
  • Try being discreet and making an effort not to embarrass the customer in front of others
  • Be firm about your decision. Don’t allow the customer to talk you out of your decision. If necessary, ask for assistance from a manager, another employee, or appropriate authorities


October 5th, 2021 By lowkel  

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