If there comes a time when you must refuse service to a minor or who you feel has provided you false identification use the following procedure:

  • Explain why you cannot serve/sell them alcohol
  • Be firm and friendly and don’t embarrass them
  • If your establishment allows minors inside, offer them an alternative non-alcoholic beverage
  • Inform management and other staff that the person is a minor and they you have already refused them service
  • Based on your company’s policy it is always a good idea to record the incident in a log
  • If the ID appears to be fake do not confiscate it

Here are some helpful sayings:

  • I’m sorry but it is against the law for me to serve alcohol to a minor.
  • I apologize but based off the ID you have provided I cannot sell you alcohol I could lose my job.
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