ok, busy Deb finally got back to me on the Beacon article I had originally mentioned.
Natural Selection Edition Thursday www.BlackRockBeacon.org
5:30 Evolution (near Center Camp) Volume V, Number IV. September 3, 2009
Copsâ€™ Tactics Questioned
By Annie McGee
Sheriffâ€™s deputies issued a citation to Burner Beowulf McGiver of the Absinthe Camp for allegedly furnishing alcohol to a minor during a party at the Absinthe bar , located at the 7:30 Plaza, on Tuesday evening.
McGiver, who lives in Maryland, was cited for $1000.
In an interview, McGiver said he did not remember serving anyone who looked underage. The charge was thought to have been based on the use of an underage decoy who allegedly received a drink at 8:33 pm.
Last year, law enforcement agencies issued more than 100 arrests and citations for everything from drug possession to a sex crime.
While Burning Man has worked hard to maintain a coopeartive relationship with the three main law enforcement agencies that patrol the event, the use of a decoy at Absinthe has sparked discussion around whether authorities are entrapping otherwise law-abiding Burners into violating Nevada law. Burning Man has not traditionally had a problem with under-age drinking, in part because the event is difficult for minors to attend.
Absinthe is fundraising to pay McGiverâ€™s citation. â€œIt could have been any one of us at the bar,â€