Gingerbread Man Faces Single Day Shutdown for 2021 Violation

Gingerbread Man Faces Single Day Shutdown for 2021 Violation

Nat McCloud ’23

The Gingerbread Man was forced to suspend alcohol sales for a single day on August 30, 2022.

While some students had initially believed that the restaurant and bar had lost their liquor license, the penalty was only for one day. 

The Gingerbread Man—known mostly as G-man to students—faced the penalty for serving someone underage on July 31st of 2021 during an age compliance check by the Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement. The buyer, a 20-year-old, ordered a Miller Lite without being asked for identification by the bartender. 

The Gingerbread Man said in filings that usually an employee asks for identification at the entrance, but that the buyer had not been asked for identification on arrival because the person responsible was completing a task elsewhere at the time. The Judge denied that this explanation relieved the business of responsibility.

Court paperwork from July 8th of 2022 shows that the business faced a 2,250 dollar fine for the violation in addition to the one-day suspension. The temporary suspension was required by the Pennsylvania Liquor Code because it was the third violation within a four-year period for the business. 

Previous violations include two incidents in 2018 of sales to minors and a 2020 sale of prepared beverages and mixed drinks for off-premise consumption, which the liquor license of The Gingerbread Man does not allow.

The business also faced a 250 dollar fine for violation of the Clean Indoor Air Act from the same incident.

The Gingerbread Man has been in Carlisle for over 50 years and also has a location in Mechanicsburg.