Dragonfly worker fined for serving underage drinker in police sting

The Bolton News: The Dragonfly in Nelson Square, Bolton The Dragonfly in Nelson Square, Bolton

A BAR worker has been fined for serving an underage teenager during a police and council sting.

Police joined forces with licensing officers at Bolton Council to carry out test purchases at bars and clubs in the town centre.

The operation involved underage volunteers attempting to buy alcohol.

A staff member at Dragonfly, in Nelson Square, failed to ask an underage teenager for identification and sold alcohol to the youngster.

The employee was issued with a £90 fixed penalty notice.

PC Andy Vernon, from Bolton's partnership team, said: “This was very disappointing. We encourage all venues in the town centre to use the challenge 25 scheme, which basically means that anyone that may appear under 25 should be asked for ID and refused service if they can't provide any.

“The test purchase took place on a Friday evening when I would expect staff at premises to be extra vigilant.

"As a result of the offence committed at Dragonfly, the member of staff concerned received a fixed penalty fine of £90.”

The bar’s manager, Gary Smith, said: “I am very disappointed to have failed and the issue of under-age drinking is one we take very seriously.

“I would like to think that it was a one-off — an error of judgement from a very competent member of staff.

“Since we failed the test purchase we have done refresher training with all the staff about the issue.

“We had a meeting immediately after it, and I have also put forward two more members of staff to take a personal licensing course.

“I would like to think we are a safe and well-run pub with a great reputation which will hopefully not be affected by this negative publicity.”

Cllr Nick Peel, cabinet member for environment, housing and regulation, said council officers and police carry out test purchases for a variety of things including DVDs, games, cigarettes, fireworks and alcohol.

Cllr Peel said: “We do a lot of these test purchases which help to send the message out to businesses that we do monitor purchases. The vast number of people are compliant and we will watch those people who are not.”

The test purchases earlier this month follow on from a clampdown on stores selling alcohol and fireworks to children last year as part of Operation Treacle.

Two stores sold alcohol without asking for identification.

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7:59am Thu 20 Mar 14

Wolfie190 says...

Doormen normally check id before they get in the bars.
Doormen normally check id before they get in the bars. Wolfie190
  • Score: 18

8:33am Thu 20 Mar 14

Jim271 says...

Do the same at the Off Licences and Supermarkets, especially around Halliwell.
Do the same at the Off Licences and Supermarkets, especially around Halliwell. Jim271
  • Score: 23

9:05am Thu 20 Mar 14

stereo_world says...

Wolfie190 wrote:
Doormen normally check id before they get in the bars.
You must have really acclimatized to that rock you've been living under..
[quote][p][bold]Wolfie190[/bold] wrote: Doormen normally check id before they get in the bars.[/p][/quote]You must have really acclimatized to that rock you've been living under.. stereo_world
  • Score: -13

9:35am Thu 20 Mar 14

BWFC71 says...

stereo_world wrote:
Wolfie190 wrote: Doormen normally check id before they get in the bars.
You must have really acclimatized to that rock you've been living under..
It is actually part of the doormens job to check ID;s before letting people in, especially if they think they are underage.

Saying that it is also the jobs of the bar-tender to check, again, if they think they are underage.

So unless they introduce a law to say that ID's have to be shown on EVERY purchase then it is going to be difficult in some situation to the age of certain people.

And before some say it is easy to spot those underage - is it? How many times have you looked at someone and then found out their age and felt aghast at yourself?
[quote][p][bold]stereo_world[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wolfie190[/bold] wrote: Doormen normally check id before they get in the bars.[/p][/quote]You must have really acclimatized to that rock you've been living under..[/p][/quote]It is actually part of the doormens job to check ID;s before letting people in, especially if they think they are underage. Saying that it is also the jobs of the bar-tender to check, again, if they think they are underage. So unless they introduce a law to say that ID's have to be shown on EVERY purchase then it is going to be difficult in some situation to the age of certain people. And before some say it is easy to spot those underage - is it? How many times have you looked at someone and then found out their age and felt aghast at yourself? BWFC71
  • Score: 16

10:12am Thu 20 Mar 14

JustBecause says...

without seeing who was served, how on earth can anyone speculate as to who was at fault, we recently did a photoshoot for a company and the model looked in her mid twenties easily, she was 15 !
without seeing who was served, how on earth can anyone speculate as to who was at fault, we recently did a photoshoot for a company and the model looked in her mid twenties easily, she was 15 ! JustBecause
  • Score: 11

10:32am Thu 20 Mar 14

MarkAllRead says...

Yeah, I think it's the doorman's job to stop the underage people getting in to start with. The bar staff have a hectic enough job as it is. If it's left to the bar staff then it's trivial for someone older to buy drinks for someone underage.
Yeah, I think it's the doorman's job to stop the underage people getting in to start with. The bar staff have a hectic enough job as it is. If it's left to the bar staff then it's trivial for someone older to buy drinks for someone underage. MarkAllRead
  • Score: 7

10:37am Thu 20 Mar 14

boltonchap says...

BWFC71 wrote:
stereo_world wrote:
Wolfie190 wrote: Doormen normally check id before they get in the bars.
You must have really acclimatized to that rock you've been living under..
It is actually part of the doormens job to check ID;s before letting people in, especially if they think they are underage.

Saying that it is also the jobs of the bar-tender to check, again, if they think they are underage.

So unless they introduce a law to say that ID's have to be shown on EVERY purchase then it is going to be difficult in some situation to the age of certain people.

And before some say it is easy to spot those underage - is it? How many times have you looked at someone and then found out their age and felt aghast at yourself?
I haven't. Please elucidate on your final comment.
Kind regards.
[quote][p][bold]BWFC71[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stereo_world[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wolfie190[/bold] wrote: Doormen normally check id before they get in the bars.[/p][/quote]You must have really acclimatized to that rock you've been living under..[/p][/quote]It is actually part of the doormens job to check ID;s before letting people in, especially if they think they are underage. Saying that it is also the jobs of the bar-tender to check, again, if they think they are underage. So unless they introduce a law to say that ID's have to be shown on EVERY purchase then it is going to be difficult in some situation to the age of certain people. And before some say it is easy to spot those underage - is it? How many times have you looked at someone and then found out their age and felt aghast at yourself?[/p][/quote]I haven't. Please elucidate on your final comment. Kind regards. boltonchap
  • Score: -1

10:50am Thu 20 Mar 14

goldie47 says...

police should spend more time sorting out the pickpocket criminal gangs that plague newportstree/market areas etc
police should spend more time sorting out the pickpocket criminal gangs that plague newportstree/market areas etc goldie47
  • Score: 7

10:52am Thu 20 Mar 14

melloj says...

This happened to a friend mine a few years ago. They deliberately make it very difficult to spot; doll them up to look like they're in their late 20's. The council and Police might feel proud of themselves but all they are really doing is stitching up innocent bar staff who have a difficult job already.
This happened to a friend mine a few years ago. They deliberately make it very difficult to spot; doll them up to look like they're in their late 20's. The council and Police might feel proud of themselves but all they are really doing is stitching up innocent bar staff who have a difficult job already. melloj
  • Score: 9

11:26am Thu 20 Mar 14

Donkey Stone says...

Does Nick Peel pay £90 for every mistake he makes?
Does Nick Peel pay £90 for every mistake he makes? Donkey Stone
  • Score: 14

11:39am Thu 20 Mar 14

Harkin about says...

melloj wrote:
This happened to a friend mine a few years ago. They deliberately make it very difficult to spot; doll them up to look like they're in their late 20's. The council and Police might feel proud of themselves but all they are really doing is stitching up innocent bar staff who have a difficult job already.
No they don't, the volunteer will be 15 and have to follow strict guidelines. The sale is recorded in case someone thinks they have been set up and wants to challenge any part of it. The staff are expected at least to challenge anyone under 21 or 25 if they are not sure, and its the seller who commits the offence not the doorman, but hey don't let your friends excuse cloud the facts.

I have worked for large chains and we always had loads of training on this, think age first, sale second is safest.
[quote][p][bold]melloj[/bold] wrote: This happened to a friend mine a few years ago. They deliberately make it very difficult to spot; doll them up to look like they're in their late 20's. The council and Police might feel proud of themselves but all they are really doing is stitching up innocent bar staff who have a difficult job already.[/p][/quote]No they don't, the volunteer will be 15 and have to follow strict guidelines. The sale is recorded in case someone thinks they have been set up and wants to challenge any part of it. The staff are expected at least to challenge anyone under 21 or 25 if they are not sure, and its the seller who commits the offence not the doorman, but hey don't let your friends excuse cloud the facts. I have worked for large chains and we always had loads of training on this, think age first, sale second is safest. Harkin about
  • Score: 5

12:02pm Thu 20 Mar 14

SleepingThunder says...

Have the police & co not got bigger problems to sort than trying to put strain on local business,would a warning not have sufficed & why fine the employee? not really going to win hearts & minds on this tac are we.
Have the police & co not got bigger problems to sort than trying to put strain on local business,would a warning not have sufficed & why fine the employee? not really going to win hearts & minds on this tac are we. SleepingThunder
  • Score: 4

12:54pm Thu 20 Mar 14

cliff4treasurer says...

Someone under age had a drink, get over it.
The Russians are expanding there empire you know.
Someone under age had a drink, get over it. The Russians are expanding there empire you know. cliff4treasurer
  • Score: 0

1:19pm Thu 20 Mar 14

I, Ludicrous says...

Excuse my ignorance here please as I wouldn't drink in Bolton town centre any more even if they were serving free ale served by naked wenches, but are we sure that this Dragonfly place has bouncers on the door in the first place?
Excuse my ignorance here please as I wouldn't drink in Bolton town centre any more even if they were serving free ale served by naked wenches, but are we sure that this Dragonfly place has bouncers on the door in the first place? I, Ludicrous
  • Score: -2

9:13am Fri 21 Mar 14

Gore Seer says...

Surly If You Give Some Under Age Child Money And Then Encourage Them To Buy Alcohol In A Pub You Are No Better Than The Poor Sod Who Thinks They Are Old Enough To Be Served, Yet We Let Under Age Married Girls To Cohabit With There Husbands Who Come From Europe?. I Don't Like Entrapment Of This Sort.
Surly If You Give Some Under Age Child Money And Then Encourage Them To Buy Alcohol In A Pub You Are No Better Than The Poor Sod Who Thinks They Are Old Enough To Be Served, Yet We Let Under Age Married Girls To Cohabit With There Husbands Who Come From Europe?. I Don't Like Entrapment Of This Sort. Gore Seer
  • Score: 0

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