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.