Venue owner fined $1500 for serving alcohol to drunk patron

A Gympie venue has been fined for serving alcohol to a drunk patron.
A Gympie venue has been fined for serving alcohol to a drunk patron. Purestock

A GYMPIE venue has been fined in court for providing alcohol to a patron that was already drunk. 

The licensee and an employee of a hotel in Gympie pleaded guilty on Thursday in the Gympie Magistrates Court to supplying liquor to an intoxicated person.

The licensee was fined $1500 and the employee was placed on a six-month good behaviour bond with a recognisance of $600. No conviction was recorded for either party.  

Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation (OLGR) Executive Director Mike Sarquis said the successful prosecution served as a timely reminder to venues and their employees that there are serious consequences for allowing intoxicated patrons to be supplied or to consume liquor.  

OLGR stated outside of court that the patrons was initially refused service, but the staff member then was seen serving alcohol to the patron a short time later, including shots.   

"Serving liquor to someone who is already unduly intoxicated is dangerous for the patron, for staff and for other people at the venue," Mr Sarquis said.  

"It's mandatory for staff who are involved in the service or supply of alcohol to complete responsible service of alcohol (RSA) training with a registered training provider and to follow those laws at all times.  

"It is also the responsibility of licensees to make sure arrangements are in place to stop unduly intoxicated patrons from being served or consuming liquor. This includes advising staff about the need to follow responsible service of alcohol laws."   

Mr Sarquis said OLGR investigators attended the venue in a covert capacity on 1 August 2014 to monitor compliance of staff and management with the Liquor Act 1992.  

"While at the venue, the OLGR investigators noticed a patron who was showing clear indications of being unduly intoxicated," he said.  

"They observed the unduly intoxicated patron for a substantial period, during which time the patron displayed a number of behaviours to show he was highly affected by alcohol.  

"This included slurred speech; a lack of coordination; swaying, stumbling and being unsteady on his feet; and aggressive behaviour towards other patrons.  

"The employee of the hotel initially refused service to the patron, but soon after that was seen serving liquor to the patron, including shots.  

"No effort was made by staff, management or security to stop the patron from consuming liquor while he was unduly intoxicated."

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