Post Office hotelier not fit

THE former Grafton Post Office Hotel licensee had been drunk on the job, sold liquor to intoxicated people, sold liquor to minors and failed to remove minors from the premises, the Casino Liquor and Gaming Control Authority has been told.

The Authority on Tuesday found the former licensee, Pamilla Billie Forbes, 69, was not a fit and proper person to hold a liquor licence, but took no further action against her because it was satisfied she had retired from the industry and ‘imposing a sanction would be futile’.

Complaints against Ms Forbes included six instances where she had allowed intoxicated people to stay on the premises, two instances where she had allowed the sale of alcohol to minors, that she had failed to remove a minor from the premises and that she supplied alcohol to an intoxicated person.

Other claims were that she had allowed too many people in the hotel shortly before closing, that she didn’t have security at the front of the hotel as patrons were leaving and that many people appeared drunk as they left.

Ms Forbes wrote to the Authority, saying she had been very sick and ‘I am praying that this letter puts an end to the Post Office Hotel – my nightmare’.

There have been no complaints against the hotel since Ms Forbes left in November 2007.

She had the licence from January 31, 2005.



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