The Maui County Department of Liquor Control has a rather sinister reputation. They’re seen as tough, uncompromising, even harsh. Now when I’ve spoken with LC Director Frank Silva and a few of his agents, they’ve always insisted that they’re just enforcing the state and county liquor laws; just making sure bars and restaurants serve alcoholic beverages in a safe and responsible manner.
But every once in a while, you read a little item here or there that blows that responsibility out of the water and shows that, when it wants to be, the LC can be extremely petty, even childish.
Case in point is a pending matter involving Lahaina Cafe. The place is fairly new, and boasts a solid happy hour (we wrote about them here). Anyway, yesterday we received the agenda for the upcoming May 3, 2012 Liquor Control Adjudication Board meeting, and saw Lahaina Cafe’s name (click here to download your own copy of the May 3 agenda).
They’re up on two charges, to which they’re pleading no contest. The first is something we see fairly often: “fail to exercise due care to ensure that no person or employee, while on duty, be permitted to consume any alcoholic beverages…” The second one is, to be fair, unusual:
“On April 20, 201, at approximately 10:17 p.m., LAHAINA CAFE LLC dba LAHAINA CAFE, a dispenser general licensee, did fail to have available on its licensed premises a timesheet showing in English the legal first name and surname of all employees, and time record entries when the employee reports on duty and again when the employee goes off duty, contrary to Section 08-101-70(f) of the Rules of the Liquor Commission, County of Maui.”
Timesheet violation! It’s a wonder the Maui Police weren’t called in for back-up.