TABC to conduct ‘minor stings’ Labor Day weekend

Assistant News Editor

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) will conduct “minor stings” in San Marcos this Labor Day weekend to ensure the safety of college students that have returned for the school year.

Last weekend, TABC agents began conducting “educational visits” and compliance checks in Hays and Caldwell counties to encourage best practices for preventing alcoholic beverages being sold to minors or intoxicated patrons, according to a TABC press release. The anticipated increase in activity in the San Marcos area due to college students returning to campus sparked the action by TABC’s Austin District.

“We want to do our part to make sure that the upcoming weekends, particularly the Labor Day weekend, are safe and enjoyable for our community,” said TABC Captain Harry Nanos in the release.

Educational materials will be distributed in the coming weeks, according to the release. After materials are distributed, a minor with a “youthful appearance” under the supervision of TABC enforcement agents will attempt to buy alcoholic beverages during the minor sting operations, the release said.

Employees who sell alcoholic beverages to the minor may face criminal charges, and an administrative case may be filed against the retail location that could result in a fine, suspension or cancelation of the permit, according to the TABC.

The TABC wants to encourage “young Texans” to enjoy the end of summer, but do so responsibly, Nanos said in the release. Underage drinking and over-consumption can be dangerous and are even more so when outside in the heat or on the river, he said.