Marshfield: Town holds hearings for 5 liquor license violations

The Marshfield Board of Selectmen met Monday night and held hearings for 5 separate liquor license violations.

It was a few months ago in March when Marshfield Police conducted a sting operation and bagged four restaurants and one package store for under age serving of alcohol.

Four of the establishments – The Fairview Inn, PizZings, The Deck and The Venus 2 – got away with only a warning, since it was their first offence.

However selectmen threw the book at the third place, Jackansons Package Store, after they were caught selling two 30 packs of beer to a minor.

Selectmen have suspended their liquor license for a total of 10 days, which is broken down to a 4 day suspension including a weekend, with 6 days in abeyance for the next two years.

Selectman Matt McDonough lashed out at the store owner for a past violation and suspension for selling illegal, untaxed cigarettes and for waiting until the day of the hearing to call Marshfield Police, to inquire about TIPS alcohol training.

“You have a prior violation that is actually a pretty interesting, significant in my opinion, criminal violation and a suspension that went from a Monday to Friday. You called for TIPS certification this morning according to Police Captain McDonough – that demonstrates to me that you don’t take this seriously. You have four employees and you know right know that at least one of them is not TIPS certified. That disturbs me greatly. You have heard from other businesses tonight – I know you’ve been here for most of the hearings – they have multiple, multiple people and some of them have already gone through the certification for TIPS through the Marshfield Police Department. Your credibility – I don’t know what to believe about anything that you’ve said tonight or anything that you’re going to say tonight!” McDonough exclaimed.

Jackansons liquor license suspension begins effective May 30.

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