When Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) agents went undercover inside the La Fonda Restaurant and Bar in Azusa, they discovered a drink solicitation scheme that resulted in the business losing its liquor license. The business is accused of selling more than just drinks.
The scheme involved waitresses working for commission. The investigation revealed female employees would not only solicit the sale of alcoholic beverages, but would add a surcharge to the drinks for keeping male patrons company. The business would take the cash for the alcohol and pay a commission to the female employee. This kind of drink solicitation and commission scheme violates the law.
"When complaints were made about what was going on inside this business, ABC agents teamed up with Azusa Police and went to work," said Alan Barcelona, president of the California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA). CSLEA represents 7,000 law enforcement, public safety and consumer protection professionals who work for the state of California, including ABC agents.
"ABC agents know that violating laws that regulate the sales of alcoholic beverages often leads to other illegal or dangerous activity," added Barcelona.
Following the investigation, ABC agents posted a Notice of Revocation at the restaurant and bar. The business is no longer allowed to sell alcoholic beverages.