TABC Certification Online News: TABC runs sting operation at NIOSA in San Antonio
We broach the topic of TABC sting operations lightly in our TABC certification online course, but I usually get asked about them in more detail when teaching an on-site TABC certification course at local restaurants and bars here in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. In my humble opinion, there are two things you, as a seller-server of alcohol, need to know about TABC sting operations: (1) The TABC conducts sting operations all the time, and (2) They are not trying to trick you or fool you into breaking the law … If you do your job right and follow the law, then you have absolutely nothing to be concerned about.
TABC agents recently conducted a sting operation at NIOSA, the largest historic preservation festival in the United States, which takes place in San Antonio. What’d they find? That two out of six vendors sold alcohol to the minor, even after looking at the minor’s valid Texas ID that showed them to be under 21. Yep, that’s right … These vendors looked at a real under-21 Texas ID and sold alcohol to the minor anyway. It’s mind numbing.