While Utah waits breathlessly to see what changes this year’s legislative session will bring to drinking in this state, Salt Lake Police Department is pursuing its tried and tested formula to punish bars for offences the PD manufactures.
If you’re between 18 and 21, you have until March 6 at 5 pm to apply for the position of beer decoy aka the cub program. The pay is $11.33 an hour. Accompanied by two of SLC’s finest, you, to quote from the ad, enter “establishments that sell alcoholic beverages” and try to buy beer as a minor. Be warned though. “The incumbent is not allowed to drink any alcoholic beverages while performing job duties,” the ad notes.
The cub program has long been the scourge of bar owners who do their utmost to card all minors whether at the door or the bar. Some bar keeps argue the cubs are usually relatives of the cops and thus always side with the police when there’s a dispute over what happened.
The minimum qualification, other than being between 18 and 21, is passing a background check and a drug screen. If you’re interested, go to www.slcgov.com/jobs.