15 minors were allegedly sold alcohol at a Springfield bar

McCaffrey’s Public House is being charged with selling alcohol to minors

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A bar on Main Street in Springfield has been charged with serving alcohol to minors, last Thursday night, after an investigation by the Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission.

According to a news release form the State Treasurer’s office, ABCC investigators found that 15 local college students, underage, were allegedly sold alcohol at the McCaffrey’s Public House in Springfield, on November 10th at 11:00 p.m.

McCaffrey’s liquor license could be suspended, modified or revoked, if they’re found to have violated the state law, according to the news release. The bar will be summoned for a hearing before the ABCC, which is an agency under the State Treasurer and Receiver General Deborah Goldberg.

“Bars and restaurants have an obligation serve their patrons responsibly and ensure they are selling to only those who are old enough to purchase alcohol,” said Treasurer Goldberg. “We will continue our monitoring and enforcement actions across the state, because we know this kind of action can save lives and prevent tragedies before they happen.”

22News went to McCaffrey’s, but they told us they had no comment and no interest in being interviewed for this story.

The news release stated that in 2015, the ABCC conducted an Operation Safe Campus and found:

  • 1,065 minors in possession or transporting alcoholic beverages
  • 226 adults procuring alcohol for minors
  • 51 individuals in possession of false identification
  • 455 cases of beer and 403 bottles of alcohol were confiscated by Investigators, preventing delivery to approximately 6154 underage individuals.

“Statistics show that three teens die from drinking and driving every day, and approximately six teens die every day of non-driving alcohol-related causes, such as homicide, suicide, and drowning. Alcohol intoxication has also been reported to be involved in 47% of homicides and 23% of suicides involving people under 21. In Massachusetts alone, the overall cost of alcohol abuse by youth is estimated at $1.4 billion,” according to the news release.