WHITE ROCK — For the second time this year, White Rock's SandPiper Pub has had its liquor licence suspended relating to an incident that took place during the summer of 2012.
Now open, the pub, was closed for six days from Aug. 31 to Sept. 5, missing the generally busy long weekend crowds.
According to pub co-owner Judy Baker, the suspension stems from two infractions cited to the SandPiper in summer 2012, which involved a patron drinking directly from a jug and another for not removing an intoxicating patron from the premises in a timely fashion.
However, Baker wondered how the liquor board was able to come to its determination as inspectors failed to verify what was in the jug or to engage the supposed "intoxicated" customer about their level of alcohol intake.
"Roadside checks performed by local police have breathalyzer analysis and sobriety tests to determine if an individual is under the influence," said Baker. "None of those tests were performed by the liquor inspector at the time."
After appealling the jug and patron incidents, Baker said the board upheld the original infraction ruling, despite her belief that the evidence put forth by the adjudicator would not have been enough if the matters were before a regular B.C. court.
This latest licence suspension is the pub's second of 2013, with the first taking place in January as a result of overcrowding infractions from last summer.
Following that suspension, the pub, which is also co-owned by White Rock Coun. Bill Lawrence, has applied for a capacity increase, which will be determined by the liquor board following council's deferment of the decision in July.
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