If you are flying though Seattle-Tacoma International over the next five days, don’t bother to pull out your drink chits if you stop by United’s Red Carpet Club. UA’s liquor license has been suspended for allegedly serving alcohol to minors.
Details have not emerged about how UA was caught, but the working theory is that UA was the victim of a government sting! Apparently, Washington state hires 18-20 year olds to pose as "adults" and try to get business establishments to serve them liquor.
From the Washington State Liquor Control Board website (not-related to the UA RCC incident):
The WSLCB and local authorities regularly conduct compliance checks of area businesses licensed to sell alcohol. These businesses include spirits, beer and wine restaurants, grocery stores, state and contract liquor stores, neighborhood markets, taverns, wine bars and sports/entertainment facilities. Compliance checks are proven tools to reduce the sale of alcohol to minors.
Liquor enforcement officers conduct compliance checks assisted by investigative aides. These individuals are from 18 to 20 years old. They must present their true identification if asked by a clerk. However, they may attempt to be evasive if asked their age but not asked for identification.
Liquor enforcement officers are empowered to issue Administrative Violation Notices to businesses that fail compliance checks. Fines or temporary license suspensions can be issued depending on the severity of the infraction or the frequency with which a business has been cited. Clerks who sell can also receive a criminal citation. Liquor enforcement officers review the past two years when determining fines or license suspensions.
I find it so ironic that 18 year olds are signed up to handle multi-billion dollar DOD equipment and die for their country, urged to vote, but are deemed too immature to drink alcohol. What a pity Washington State is so desperate for revenue that they have to conduct these stings…