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Is It A Big Deal If My BASSET Card Lapses?

October 24, 2019

As of July 1, 2018, all Illinois seller-servers must have a BASSET card. The liquor license of a bar in Naperville was suspended, in part, because four servers were unable to show a valid BASSET card. The bar eventually had its liquor license completely revoked. In addition to complying with the law, keeping your BASSET card up-to-date you ensures that you’re not risking your job – and potentially even your coworkers’ jobs. As the mayor of Naperville said when commenting on the bar’s closure, the bar “placed residents and guests at risk” by not complying with the rules and making sure its employees did the same.

The willingness and ability to monitor customers and make firm decisions about whether to serve any particular customer can never be over-emphasized. In the hectic bustle of a seller-server’s work environment, it can be easy to become relaxed. Keeping your certificate current provides the reminder every server needs of the legal standard.

What if the situation at the Naperville bar had been worse? What if no one knew servers didn’t have valid certification until someone who left the bar caused a fatal accident? How would a server ever be able to prove that the standard of care was properly followed if his or her BASSET card isn’t even up-to-date? At a bare-minimum, you would want to be able to show you were certified. It’s hard to imagine how horrible it would be to have been the one serving someone who caused an accident, and for your own well-being, you would want to know you had done your best to keep people safe.

Letting your certification lapse, even by a day, is a big problem for you and everyone you work with.

BASSET On The Fly is a leading provider of online BASSET seller-server training and certification licensed by the Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC). 

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