5 area businesses sold alcohol to minors in OLCC check

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. -- A check by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission using minors trying to purchase alcohol, resulted in 8 out of 13 businesses passing the test by refusing to sell to the minors.

The sales check resulted in a compliance rate of 62% which is below the 2012 statewide average of 81%.

During the sales checks, a minor volunteer attempts to purchase alcohol from a licensed business to see if staff are checking ID's correctly and refusing to sell alcohol to anyone under 21. Commission inspectors or other law enforcement officers supervise the minor volunteers.

The volunteers carry their own legal ID that identifies them as under 21 and do not disguise their age or lie to encourage the sale of alcohol.

5 of the 13 businesses sold alcohol to the minor. Those 5 were:

  • C&M Tavern on Cass Street in Roseburg
  • Winston Bi-Mart
  • JM Market in Winston
  • Winston Food Mart & Deli
  • Lookingglass Store

Businesses with an OLCC license or their employees could be held liable for alcohol-related damages and injuries if they serve or sell alcohol to a minor.

The 8 businesses that refused to sell to a minor were:

  • Twin Rivers Vacation Park at River Forks
  • Los Dos Amigos in downtown Roseburg
  • Winston 7-11
  • Coni's Company Store in Winston
  • Harvest Store in Winston
  • Shop Smart in Winston
  • Melrose Country Store
  • Dillard Store

Under Oregon law, businesses in cities with a population of 20,000 or more have an equal chance of being randomly selected for a minor decoy compliance check.

A business can also be selected for a compliance check if there is a documented complaint of sales to minors.

Businesses in cities with a population under 20,000 and unincorporated areas in counties are not subject to these selection requirements.