Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -


I re­fer to the ar­ti­cle ‘‘Liquor sales to mi­nors’’ on the front page [ KMN, Septem­ber 7]. The Mariner was named as one of the bars that had failed Con­trolled Pur­chase Op­er­a­tions (CPOs) con­ducted by po­lice. This is not true, and in the four years that we have owned The Mariner we have never failed a CPO. I also re­fer to the clar­i­fi­ca­tion hid­den on page six [ KMN, Septem­ber 14]. To say your ‘‘er­ror is re­gret­ted’’ doesn’t con­sti­tute an apol­ogy – you re­gret your mis­take but aren’t sorry for it.To then try and quan­tify your mis­take by men­tion­ing The Mariner had its li­cense sus­pended for serv­ing in­tox­i­cated pa­trons in 2008 is piti­ful. The con­text of the orig­i­nal ar­ti­cle re­ferred to CPO stings in July/Au­gust 2010, not in­tox­i­ca­tion is­sues from 21⁄ years ago. I don’t think any bar owner would know­ingly serve an un­der­age per­son. The Mariner op­er­ates an un­der-25 pol­icy and ask any­body who looks un­der 25 for ID. In­tox­i­ca­tion is harder to pick as there are var­i­ous de­grees of in­tox­i­ca­tion and this is a judg­ment call.

We do try to ad­min­is­ter the Sale of Liquor Act to the best of our abil­i­ties but be­cause of hu­man er­ror we will make a mis­take one day and get caught. In­stead of just blam­ing the li­censed premises some of the onus should be put back on the pa­tron with in­stant fines for un­der-age or in­tox­i­ca­tion.

It’s a tough re­tail cli­mate for any bar these days and hav­ing your name slan­dered by the lo­cal paper doesn’t help. Not im­pressed. – GREG STAN­BRIDGE,

Ti­tahi Bay. When Se­nior Sergeant Steve Sar­gent told the re­porter which venues had their li­cences sus­pended, he mis­tak­enly iden­ti­fied The Mariner as fail­ing a CPO. Ref­er­ence to the pub’s in­dis­cre­tion in the correction was in­tended to ex­plain how The Mariner came to be men­tioned. We were not aware the in­tox­i­ca­tion of­fence was so long ago and I ac­cept the word­ing could have been bet­ter – Edi­tor.

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