We talk about this all of the time, but there are two primary issues taught in our TABC certification online and on-site course: Avoiding alcohol sales to minors and intoxicated men and women. The humorous thing is sales to minors is, in my view, the simpler one to avoid yet we see it in the media. We constantly see news reports about servers, bartenders, and store clerks getting arrested for selling alcohol to a minor. So how can you avoid it? Learn how to ID customers the right way.
Examining IDs the ideal way takes more than simply glancing at the customer’s date of birth. As stated by the TABC, here are the things you must check for when analyzing an ID:
1. The ID has to be issued by a government agency. Enough said… If it’s not a government-issued record, it is no good.
2. The ID must contain a physical description and photograph that matches the customer’s look. What exactly does this mean? It means you can not accept the ID if it’s missing either a picture or physical description, for example height, sex, and eye color. It has to have a description and image. You also have to make sure the description and picture both match the client making the purchase. If they don’t meet the customer making the purchase, then you’ve got good reason to think they are using someone else’s ID.
3. The ID must have a date of birth which shows the customer to be 21 decades old or older. Again, this is easy, but it requires you to actually do the mathematics. You would be surprised at the number of seller-servers neglect TABC sting operations and get arrested because they assessed out an ID but did not correctly calculate era. I don’t feel sorry for these, and the TABC certainly doesn’t either. It’s absolutely your responsibility to figure age properly. If you’re bad at mathematics, then take steps to make your task easier… Get one of these tear-away calendars which lets you know the date that has to be on an ID so as to buy alcohol, or make a point to write down the date before your shift so that you can readily check the date when creating a alcohol sale. These items aren’t hard… They simply take a little bit of work and common sense.
4. The ID must appear to be legitimate (Not perished, no obvious signs of alteration or forgery). This is also easy. All you need to do is check the expiration date and look for any obvious indications that the ID has been modified or is fake.
The good news is assessing for these things is not hard, and does not take a lot of time. You also have the comfort of knowing that if an ID fulfills each these standards, even if the ID is fake, you won’t be charged with a crime.