1989 is the Year

I have been working a LOT lately at the Sommet Center Bridgestone Arena to raise money to pay for baton expenses for my daughter.  The food vendor allows non-profit groups to operate the concession stands at games and events as a fundraising activity.

To do this, we are required to have alcohol training annually to recognize signs of inebriation, what forms of photo ID are acceptable (and EVERYONE gets carded), and how to decline a customer if we feel they’ve had to much.  And then they give us a written test that must be passed before we can work.  I have a lot of respect that they’ve made every effort to train their workers because the safety of that customer AND other people should be the top priority.

That’s why I applaud our law enforcement officers throughout the nation and OUR LaVERGNE OFFICERS for taking steps to make sure alcohol is not served to minors.  I applaud them even when our favorite grocery stores and restaurants are affected, as they were yesterday.  This from Channel 4 in Nashville,

LaVergne police are cracking down on businesses that sell alcohol to teenagers. They conducted an undercover sting, where unsuspecting clerks and food servers took the bait.


And then there was the exception: A liquor store clerk did not sell liquor to the teen. The clerk took it a step further, even getting the tag number and calling police, telling them a minor was going around town trying to buy alcohol.

Thanks to our law enforcement officers who participated.  For the record, as of today the date I’m looking for when I check an ID is March 9, 1989.

6 comments for “1989 is the Year

  1. Justin Case
    March 11, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    I have been waiting for someone to tell the LaVergne Police Department great job. The recent sting that caught ten different businesses in LaVergne selling alcohol to minors was a shame to our city. The reason that you had no repeat offenders, the businesses fired all personnel that sold to minors in the last sting. Someone please post all the offenders on line. We need to call MADD, no we need to get mad and run these repeat offending businesses out of LaVergne. If you see a LaVergne Police Officer thank him for keeping you and you’re family safe.

  2. michaelinLV
    March 11, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    Justin, thanks for taking a few minutes away from selling auto insurance to join us here on the TILV blog 🙂

    In the last sting, there actually were some employees who sold to minors who did retain their jobs. The good news is that they apparently did learn to follow the law. I think we need to issue some sort of commandation to the clerk who cared enough to call the police on the minor who was working for LPD!

  3. Alderman Senna Mosle
    March 11, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    I very much appreciate this article and the kind words spoken about our police officers. I also think that the Beer Board is doing a great job in handling these cases as they come before them. I agree with MichaelinLV, a hugh "Way to Go" for the clerk that called the police. I really don't see this as a negative on the city. I see it as a positive in that we are openly letting our businesses know that we care about our children and are doing what we can to keep under age drinking at a minimal. I personally do not think all offenders did it out of disconcern, but rather out of head being up the—- at that time. I do agree that if a business continues to repeatedly sell to minors then give them H—.

  4. March 14, 2010 at 12:30 am

    1989 was a good year! That's when we bought our 1st house… and we are still in it now…

  5. nclb
    March 14, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    When you make a informed decision to break the law, you should expect to pay the penalty.

    Merchants that sell to minors need to be accountable for breaking the law, just as if I would be if caught operating a vehicle while under the influence.

    This should never be a negative impression on the city, only a positive for the men and women that serve to protect our city.

  6. Sherry
    March 15, 2010 at 9:25 am

    Us too, Cricket!

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