It is after closing time. The customers are all off the premises, only staff remain.
At the exit from the premises, a few staff & some police chat idly, watching the the crowd disperse.
Twenty minutes elapse.
A woman approaches from out of view further along the street, reaches into her handbag and removes a bottle of liquor and takes a swig.
A police officer writes her a ticket for drinking in public. He seizes then destroys the alcohol.
The police officer then walks over to the nearest member of Wayside Tavern staff, and with the words "I'm sorry mate, but I have to do this" writes the staff member a ticket for $600 for "Allowing liquor to be removed from the premises after hours."
The staff member is struck dumb, he's spent the past 20 minutes chatting to the police officer. In that time they haven't seen this woman, she's just walked along the street from somewhere else.
All of this is supported by the Wayside Tavern CCTV.
The staff member has a choice:
1/. Pay the $600 personally, or
2/. Challenge the fine in court, at a cost of say $5,000. (If he wins he will be unable to claim any costs.)
This is not a typical example of what can happen to individuals under the provisions of the Queensland Liquor Act.
It is an actual example.
This type of thing happens several times every year.