Bars Card Hard After Injury
COLUMBIA - Downtown Columbia bars and restaurants are taking a strict stand on carding after an accident last Saturday at Quinton's Bar and Grill left an underage teen in critical condition. Witnesses say the nineteen-year-old girl fell over the internal stairwell in the bar. Local bar owners say they are protecting themselves by making sure their employees are following all the alcohol policies.
Tin Can on South Eighth Street said the accident should remind businesses that serve alcohol to follow the law. Manager Eric Abney said, "We're pretty consistent with our policies and following through every day. It was a reminder in everyone's mind but it was kind of a, 'I'm glad we don't deal with that kind of thing'."
Bars are not the only place that are cracking down on carding. Shakespeare's Pizza put up new signs reminding customers, especially students, that they require two forms of identification to purchase alcohol. Manager Tobias Epstein said, "I think that at the beginning of the school year it's important to be very aggressive about Id'ing everyone because the students need to know that that's not a place they can get away with it."
Downtown businesses said they've always been strict on carding, but they now ask for second forms of I.D. and even proof of signatures more frequently.