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Reading Between the Lines: Proof of Identification Under 35

While 21 is an important age – a significant milestone for some – at The BARS Program, we re partial to 35 and here s why. According to dermatologists, the skin of a 20-something is typically thriving with few fine lines (if any), brimming with collagen and free of crow s feet. By the time we hit our 30s, anything is game (and visible) for the large majority. The changes that transpire during this decade... Read More

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Off-Premise Alcohol Retailers Become Fair Game for Sting Operations

Prior to coronavirus arrival in the United States, it was commonplace to see Americans at bars and restaurants socially enjoying alcoholic beverages. Fast-forward six-months and the vast majority have now vacated traditional stomping grounds and retreated to the confines of their homes to enjoy their beverages. At first glance, this transition, compounded with the temporary shuttering of restaurants and bars, signals a generalized decrease in alcohol sales. But there s much more to the story.... Read More

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Enforcing Executive Orders: Sting Operations Weighted with Expanded Purpose

Even in the age of COVID-19 government-backed stings occur. Not only is law enforcement focused on upholding the lawful sale of age-sensitive products, such as alcohol and tobacco, but compliance with COVID-19 executive orders, as well. The cost for violations? Thousands of dollars in fines and possible suspension of liquor licenses. At The BARS Program, we ve rounded up a few COVID-related sting operations making headlines. In late July, New York officials completed 1,966 compliance... Read More

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Checking Out: How Alcohol Purchases Intervene with Automated Processes

Self-service check-out lanes at grocery and some convenience stores can make all the difference, especially for the most self-sufficient shopper. But what happens when a customer wants to purchase age-restricted products, including alcohol and tobacco, at the self-checkout? According to an article by The Washington Post , purchases such as these trigger intervention from store employees to confirm age and ID of purchaser, and delay sufficiency of self-service lanes as clerks must enter details into... Read More

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Masked Capers: Underage Buyers Exploiting the Pandemic

With changing regulations, and curbside pick-up and delivery options available for retailers and restaurants during changing times of concern and safety precautions, a new trend is popping up with masks. Underage buyers of alcohol and other age-restricted products are taking advantage of covering their age and identity with masks on their faces. It s even gone viral; some teenagers are dressing up as elderly patrons and buying whatever age-restricted product an unknowing retailer will let... Read More

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Pop-up Food Markets, Cocktails to-go: Recipes for Mounting Competition

CSP Daily News reported last month convenience store sales of alcohol are up from one year ago as consumers purchase more wine, beer and spirits amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but the charts aren t set in stone as restaurants in more than 30 states now sell cocktails to-go. 1 Many of these same restaurants have also morphed into pop-up food markets selling packaged foods, fresh produce and other household supplies to help maintain cash flow... Read More

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Popping the Lid on the Future of Restaurant Industry

A bill currently circulating approval in Michigan could restaurants there to serve cocktails to-go for delivery to homes with food orders. 1 Similar legislation was previously approved in New York, Pennsylvania and in more than 30 other states, as reported by Imbibe Magazine , a publication sharing details on beverages of all kinds. Several of these states are considering extension and/or permanence of the provision to help the struggling restaurant industry overcome financial hardships as... Read More

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Outdoor Expansion of Restaurants and Bars Carries Added Weight for Owners, Staff

With the official start to summer a mere week away, cities and counties across the country are grappling with how to safely reopen many popular cornerstones of modern life, including restaurants and bars, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. A common theme popping up is patio-only service. Al Fresco dining and drinking takes logical advantage of seasonal temperatures and extended hours of sunshine; while other solutions intended to limit exposure to the pandemic call for occupancy caps,... Read More

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