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14 stores refuse to sell alcohol to underage buyer

Posted: January 3, 2012 - 2:31pm  |  Updated: January 3, 2012 - 3:30pm

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All stores followed proper procedure and didn’t sell alcohol to minors during a weekend compliance check conducted by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.

On Dec. 30, an underage sheriff’s deputy tried to buy alcohol from 14 area package and convenience stores, according to sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris. Employees at all 14 stores refused to sell alcohol to the underage buyer.

“With the goal of eliminating the sale of alcohol to the youth in our community,” Morris wrote in an email, “Sheriff Clay Whittle will continue to conduct these operations hoping that local businesses will realize they might be selling to a decoy.”

The stores visited as part of the undercover operation were BP on Washington Road at Belair Road; Golden Package Shop, 218 S. Belair Road; Fuel Express, 4086 Jimmie Dyess Parkway; Sprint, 500 Flowing Wells Road; Lewiston Express, 107 Lewiston Road; Pilot, 4091 Jimmie Dyess Parkway; Liquor & More, 3821 Washington Road; Sprint, 3701 Washington Road; Circle K, 190 Baston Road; Circle K, 511 Fury’s Ferry Road; 1045 Fury’s Ferry Road; Food Lion, 3851 Evans to Locks Road; Woody’s Spirits, 5121 Washington Road; and TPS, 5142 Washington Road.

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Good, but....

I'm very happy that these places didn't take the bait, but the whole technique of going in these small stores and trying to con the clerk into selling to minors seems unfair. The police play on the emotions of a busy, hard working clerk and try to trick her or him into breaking the law.

It's hard enough for the clerk to keep the gas pumps straight and who is who. Arresting these folks and making them pay a huge fine from their minimum wages is simply not right. Why not warn them and explain how they were tricked into breaking the law?