Metro Centre's liquor licence suspended for 1 day
One teen fell over while being questioned by liquor inspector
The Halifax Metro Centre will not be serving alcohol at its Halifax Rainmen game on Sunday because its liquor licence has been suspended for a day for serving alcohol to minors.
In an agreed statement of facts released by the Alcohol and Gaming Division of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations, liquor inspectors visited the Metro Centre for routine checks on two separate occasions at the end of May.
Two young women, who were standing by one of the bar areas with drinks in their hands, were asked for identification just before 9 p.m. on May 29.
One woman didn't have identification and the other presented identification belonging to her older sister. The second woman was only 17 years old.
Two days later, another inspector saw a group of young men.
The compliance officer "observed one of the males, who appeared to be unsteady on his feet, attempting to lift a cup of beer towards his mouth but dropped the beer before being able to take a drink."
The man also turned out to be 17 years old.
As the teenager was being questioned by the officer, he stumbled, fell over and could not stand up after falling, according to the agreed statement of facts.
The incidents are violations of the provincial Liquor Control Act for serving underage customers and selling liquor to those who have already had too much to drink.
As a penalty, the Halifax Metro Centre's liquor licence has been suspended for one day — Nov. 11. As well, all responsible staff including ushers, wait staff and security have to attend an ID and compliance training session.