Alcohol Safety

Category - Legal

To make his busy happy hours easier, Joel starts serving younger customers first and leaves any elderly patrons for last, when the bar is no longer as busy. Joel is later shocked when he finds out the local liquor authority has issued a citation against the establishment, since he was not serving any minors and had not noticed any severely intoxicated customers. Why was a citation issued?
  1. He was holding “happy hours,” and such promotions are actually illegal in the U.S.
  2. Elderly people must always be served before younger people.
  3. The citation was an error.
  4. He was practicing discrimination when it came to his customers.
Answer: D - The liquor authority issued a citation because Joel was practicing discrimination against his older customers.

Though the most common causes for citations against drinking establishments are the sale of alcohol to minors and already visibly intoxicated persons, citations can - and do - get issued when customers are discriminated against for their age, race, gender, sexual orientation, etc. It is therefore important for all bartenders and servers to treat each of their customers with respect regardless of who they are or what they look like.
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