Dallas, TX asked in Criminal Law, Employment Law and Employment Discrimination for Texas

Q: Can I as a private club employee be fined or face punishment for knowingly selling alcohol or liquor to a non-member(s)?

I've been routinely facing backlash and scrutiny for trying to enforce the temporary membership rules. I feel like I'll lose my job if I make people pay for them.

1 Lawyer Answer
Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Austin, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: Your boss should back you up on requiring the membership because if you are caught selling to non-members then the entire club's permit could be suspended for 60 days for operating as an "open saloon."

Also, helping someone violate the private club rules is a crime under Section 32.19 of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code.

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