Most of this, if I recall correctly, is fallout from last State Patty’s Day. Pretty much every bar that decided to open early for that event last year got put on a “crap” list by the LCB and will be put through the ringer as a result.
See the messed up thing with the PLCB is that they can cite you for just about anything if they really want, and there’s nothing you can really do about it. Say they decide you are serving intoxicated patrons some night… which, is every single night in every single bar in America but whatever - it’s a law, technically… Well, even if you have the proof necessary to defend yourself against these charges, it’s going to cost you more to fight it in court than it would to just take the fine and close up for a day. And there are no repercussions for anybody in the LCB if they get these charges wrong, so they have absolutely nothing to lose by deciding to cite an establishment, and good luck beating them in court anyhow… it’s like fighting a speeding ticket, they are a department of the state police force (although nobody in the state or local police force that I’ve ever met has an ounce of respect for these power-hungry toolbags that run around doing this “job”) and it’s your word against theirs more often than not.
So essentially all these liquor licensees, specifically in State College which is one of their prime targets (we have a drinking problem here after all…: , are just trying to stay as far under the radar as possible. Once they decide they want to get you, they’ll get you. There’s literally nothing you can do to avoid it… they’ll cite you for a noise violation. What the Liquor Control Board has to do with local noise ordinances, I have no idea… but they are able to just stand outside of your place and write you up for having too much noise come out of the place.
If you ever want a good laugh, read through the PLCB handbook sometime and take a look at everything they attempt to regulate in this state for all businesses that sell liquor. And then measure the amount of times a state store ever has operations issues compared to privately owned liquor licenses… apparently no minor has ever purchased hard liquor in this state, but they are constantly purchasing beer. STRANGE…
In dealing with these jerks myself, I have come to despise them. I think they are some of the scummiest, sleaziest individuals I have ever come across in a position of “power”. Ask anybody who has had to deal with them and I’m sure you’ll get the same kind of responses.
I have no problem with the state having an LCB agency… but the power given to these enforcement agents, and the complete lack of checks and balances on that agency in general is a freaking joke.