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Training for alcohol providers scheduled in Sunnyside on Sept. 6

How do you tell a fake ID from the real McCoy?

What are the first signs someone has already had too much alcohol?

Those questions and more will be answered Thursday, Sept. 6, during a training workshop in Sunnyside offered by the Washington State Liquor Control Board.

The free training will take place at 1 p.m. at the Primocel Expo Center in Sunnyside at 2600 Yakima Valley Highway, Suite 2.

"It's an educational tool to stop people from getting into trouble," says Raymond Asher, a Pasco-based liquor and tobacco enforcement officer.

Asher will present the training here for anyone who works for or owns a business that currently holds a license to sell alcohol or tobacco in the state of Washington.

There is no pre-registration required for the free class, which Asher says will last no more than two hours.

He says the training here came about because the owner of Primocell Expo Center, as well as a couple of other local businesses, requested it.

The class will provide training on how to check for ID's, how to spot fake IDs and what pieces of identification are not acceptable in Washington state. There will also be a review of out-of-state identity cards that may be used in this state.

In addition, the class will provide training to help businesses and employees avoid serving customers who are already intoxicated.

Asher says the program will offer insights for the public on how the state checks up on businesses by having minors enter their establishments and attempt to purchase alcohol.

The power point presentation class is not a certification class for alcohol servers.

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