The LC’s minor decoy program has been a frequent topic of this column, especially lately. As we’ve noted—and will continue to note as long as it’s true—every case considered by the Adjudication Board this year has stemmed from a minor decoy sting.
But at least the Maui County Department of Liquor Control has never solicited minor decoy participants on its blog (partly because it doesn’t have a blog, but still). That’s more than can be said for the department’s counterpart in Oregon www.olccblog.blogspot.com which posted an entry on March 6 that invites anyone between the ages of 17 and 20 who “look[s] their age” and has no criminal record to apply.
Here’s the best line: “Participants will gain knowledge of law enforcement operations and the criminal justice system…and may find this experience useful in pursuing future career and personal goals.”
What “personal goals” might be advanced by acting as a pawn in a small-time government entrapment scheme, the post doesn’t say. But it does offer minor decoys “high school and/or college credits.” Hey Billy, what classes are you taking this semester? Oh you know, geometry, English, biology, French and, uh…pretending to buy booze for the cops.
To be fair, the rest of the blog looks somewhat informative, and it does a good job promoting the state’s bottle bill and recycling programs. In that sense, Maui’s liquor code enforcers could learn a thing or two from the OLCC.