Maryland State Police conducted Alcohol Compliance Checks at 23 businesses in Talbot County on February 1, 2013. A trooper from the Maryland State Police Easton Barrack teamed up with Maryland State Police cadets to see if businesses in Talbot County were serving alcoholic beverages to underage customers.
During the undercover assignment, the cadets, who were under the age of 21, visited licensed stores and bars for the purpose of purchasing alcoholic beverages sold by clerks or bartenders. The cadet displayed his or her Maryland driver’s license to the clerk or bartender if asked to show identification prior to the sale or refusal.
23 stores or bars were checked for compliance. Two of the businesses sold alcoholic beverages to the underage cadets. Those stores were The BBQ Joint in Easton and The Big Pickle in St. Michaels.
Each of the clerks or bartenders who sold alcoholic beverages to the cadet received a citation that carries a possible penalty of a $2500 fine. Reports detailing the operation have been sent to the Talbot County Liquor Board and State’s Attorney for prosecution and license reviews.
The businesses that refused to sell alcoholic beverages to the underage cadets were: Easton Diner, Applebees, Olive Garden, Ruby Tuesdays, Rusticana Easton, In Japan, Easton Bowling Alley, Washington Street Pub, Scossa Restaurant, Martini’s Restaurant, El Dorado Restaurant, Zambinos Pizza, Harrisons Liquors, Brightwell Café, Sam’s Pizza, St Michaels, Theos Restaurant, Carpenter Street Pub, Marcoridaville Restaurant, Town Dock Restaurant, Chesapeake Landing Restaurant, and Harrison’s Chesapeake House, Tilghman.
Police want to remind clerks and bartenders of stores and bars to check the identification of all customers and to refuse service to anyone under the age of 21. Police should immediately be contacted if false identification is discovered or if adults are suspected of purchasing alcoholic beverages for minors.
The operation was conducted in partnership with Talbot Partnership for Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse Prevention , the Talbot County Health Department Prevention Office, and the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention.