Six other Arlington Heights businesses fined for selling alcohol to minors

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Six other Arlington Heights businesses were fined this week for selling alcohol to minors, in addition to a dozen violations that became known in September.

The 18 quotes for the calendar year are a slight increase from the 14 in 2019 – the last time the police carried out a normally annual covert investigation.

The fines imposed by Mayor Tom Hayes during a special hearing on Monday ranged from $ 500 to $ 750; previous fines at the September 20 hearing ranged from $ 500 to $ 1,500. The penalized businesses in Arlington Heights were both large and small, as compliance audits covered all 110 liquor license holders in the city.

One of them, the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel at 100 W. Algonquin Road, had an employee checking the ID of a 17-year-old who was working undercover for the police but still gave the minor a 12-ounce bottle of goose sold island beers, village officials said.

The sale also took place after the employee had consulted with a manager from another department who was temporarily helping out at reception.

“That worries me that she allowed this to happen,” said Hayes, who also serves as the local alcohol control officer. “Courtyard is a big company that hopefully will be able to prevent sales like this from happening.”

The sale took place on September 27, just days after the first hearings on alcohol license violations at the meetinghouse.

The new hotel director Tjeerd Geurtsen, who only started four weeks ago, said the hotel, like many companies, was thin and understaffed during the pandemic. But he told Hayes that sales to minors wouldn’t happen again.

“One of my top priorities is to make sure we follow all of the city’s guidelines,” Geurtsen said. “It will never happen again. That’s a promise I can easily make you.”

Hayes fined the management company who operates the hotel a $ 750 fine.

The other fines imposed on Monday were:

• Hanshin Pocha, 1918 S. Arlington Heights Road ($ 750).

• Honey Jam Cafe, 2944 W. Euclid Ave. ($ 750).

• 7-Eleven, 1418 E. Hintz Road ($ 500).

• Rokbonki, 876 W. Dundee Road ($ 500).

• San Korean Cuisine, 234 E. Golf Road ($ 500).

Hayes said he imposed the $ 750 fines for two violations: selling to minors and selling alcohol without state-certified BASSET training.

All violations came with an administration fee of $ 75, with court reporter and attorney fees yet to be set.


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