Police make booze busts

Evanston Police report they cited three store clerks and ten college students for underage liquor law violations Thursday.

Deputy Chief Joseph Bellino says the department sent an under-age citizen volunteer into 13 establishments that sell six-packs of beer and found three -- Wild Oats, at 1111 Chicago Ave., Whole Foods at 1640 Chicago Ave. and Bill's Blues Bar at 1029 Davis St. -- sold her beer even though she had no ID indicating she was of legal age.

Police issued citations to the persons selling the beer.

Later on Thursday police checked identification cards of patrons at several downtown bars. They issued underage-drinking citations to one patron at The Keg, 910 Grove St., three at Prairie Moon, 1502 Sherman Ave., and six at the 1800 Club, 1800 Sherman Ave.

Nine of those cited were Northwestern University students. The tenth is a student at Loyola University.

Both the store clerks and bar patrons are scheduled to appear for administrative adjudication hearings at the Civic Center on Nov. 11.

 

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grow up

This country is so funny (and by funny I mean backwards) with its drinking laws. The mixed messages about drinking instilled in kids from a young age promote the reckless binge drinking so prevalent amongst young people nowadays. Teach kids to be responsible about drinking and show them some trust from the time they are teens and they will learn that "getting wasted" isn't cool. Being the birthplace of the prohibition movement, though, I don't exactly expect forward-thinking on this matter here, though.

Isn't there any actual crime going on?

While the EPD was busy chasing NU kids out of bars for using fake ID's and breaking up those pesky house parties, another person was robbed at gunpoint while walking in our lovely downtown this weekend...

It's good to know we're safe from all those drunken 20 year old NU students though.

booze and bust

Quote--"Deputy Chief Joseph Bellino says the department sent an under-age citizen volunteer into 13 establishments that sell six-packs of beer and found three -- Wild Oats, at 1111 Chicago Ave., Whole Foods at 1640 Chicago Ave. and Bill's Blues Bar at 1029 Davis St. -- sold her beer even though she had no ID indicating she was of legal age."

This is confusing...Here's what The Daily printed (10/22 issue) regarding this issue...

"EPD also issued citations to cashiers at three Evanston stores who sold alcohol to an underage patron Thursday night, the release said. The volunteer attempted to buy a six-pack of beer at 13 stores with only her real ID. She was able to buy the beer at Wild Oats Market, 1111 Chicago Ave.; Whole Foods Market, 1640 Chicago Ave.; and Bill's Blues Bar, 1029 Davis St. The cashiers were cited and also will appear at the hearing."

Okay---will the decoy's real age and validity of ID please come forward...do tell, what is meant by "real" ID?---was the age listed on ID not old enough to buy legally?---are you telling me three different clerks in the same evening looked at a "real" ID which was not of age and couldn't figure out the person's age???---something's not adding up here and it stinks...I think Phil H. is right---the cops time would have been better spent tracking gun toting crooks..