Nightclub owners offer views on identification

Entering a club in Samoa is not difficult with three popular nightclubs not really exercising the checking of identifications. 

The legal drinking age in the country is 21 but at the Seana Bar, Tenamo Bar and Club X, according to its Managers, most times they judge people’s age by looking at them. 

“No we have not implemented checking for ID’s,” Tenamo Bar manager, Iosefo Namulauulu said to Samoa Observer. 

“The thing we do is assess them and tell by their looks if they are really eligible to go in or not. 

“We have people come in with their IDs from overseas and we check them sometimes.  

“Some couples come with their children who are 18 years old and some older to the bar.”

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Club X manager, Alofa Leota said they do check for IDs but they are not really strict on people who enter their club. 

“That’s my job to see who we can allow inside,” Alofa said. 

“We don’t allow any drunk and violent people inside the club, especially if they are underage.” 

Mailei Malo Eneliko Pau, the owner of Seana Bar, says they do check for ID’s but most times people bring “funny IDs” just to enter the club. 

“Some people bring funny IDs as if you are turning 21 or 23 but when you look at them, they look like they are 11-year-old or 12-year-olds,” he said. 

“We also judge just by looking at them and we don’t allow them. Most people we know.”

“The only thing is we want to take care of our business license because that’s the law and we want to obey the law.”

Mailei added they also ensure they open and close their club at the right time. 

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