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A licensee has been fined after pleading guilty to allowing intoxication, when inspectors found a girl throwing up in the toilets.

Facts presented to Downing Centre Local Court on 25 January were in regard to an incident from 22 February 2018, when Liquor & Gaming NSW inspectors attended the Hotel Illawarra.

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Around 12.20am, a female inspector observed “vomit emerging” from one of the ladies’ cubicles. A girl emerged, unsteady on her feet, who told the inspector she was “really drunk” after winning a $100 bar tab at the pub.

Licensee Wendy Sims pleaded guilty to the charge, and was fined $2,500.

Hotel Illawarra has been banned from running any future bar tab competitions.

The regulator notes that promotions of this kind are generally permitted, but that their use must also comply with responsible service of alcohol requirements.

“This case highlights the need for licensed venues to ensure competitions with alcohol as prizes do not endanger patrons,” says Liquor & Gaming NSW Director of Compliance Operations, Sean Goodchild. 

“Such actions can lead to serious alcohol-related harm and jeopardise community safety.”