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Nine cleared, one cited in underage alcohol sting

Posted: August 10, 2012 - 7:56am  |  Updated: August 10, 2012 - 8:52am

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Only one store failed to properly ID an underage alcohol buyer Thursday during the latest series of compliance checks at Columbia County Stores.

David Martin Ross, 24, of Evans, a clerk at the Sprint store at 424 S. Belair Road in Martinez, was cited after selling alcohol to an underage customer, according to a news release from the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.

The citation is for a county ordinance violation and will be adjudicated in Magistrate’s Court.

The attempted purchases were conducted by a 20-year-old female undercover sheriff's deputy, said Sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris.

Nine other stores in the sweep asked the customer for identification and turned her away when it was determined she was underage. Those stores are:

• TPS, 4390 Evans-to-Locks Road, Evans;

• Evans Package Shop, 4115 Columbia Road, Martinez;

• Circle K, 4473 Columbia Road, Martinez;

• 16 Penny Liquor Store, 806 Lewiston Road, Grovetown;

• Vinyard Wine Market, 4414 Evans-to-Locks Road, Evans;

• BP, 4317 Washington Road, Evans;

• Liquor and More, 3821 Washington Road, Martinez;

• Pilot Gas, 4091 Jimmie Dyess Parkway, Grovetown; and,

• Golden Package Shop, 218 S. Belair Road, Martinez.

“These compliance checks are conducted in an effort to reduce underage drinking which we believe contributes to car crashes, injuries, addiction, vandalism, unwanted sexual encounters, teenage pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases and death by alcohol poisoning,” the news release states.

“By themselves, compliance checks will not eliminate youth access to alcohol. But when combined with a comprehensive community approach, they can help keep alcohol out of the hands of our most precious commodity, our children.”

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The fact is underage

The fact is underage teenagers will get alcohol by other means. In my day, we would pay a couple of bucks to the guys hanging around the liquor store to buy it for us. I'm sure that probably still happens. I lived in Germany for several years and the drinking age was 16 for beer and wine and 21 for liquor. My 19 year old daughter lives in Germany, but went to school in the 11th grade in Columbia County. Her comment to me was drinking in Germany was no big deal and the kids didn't get sloshed near as much in Germany as they do here. Maybe it's the old taboo syndrome. You want what you can't have, but when you have it, it's not nearly so important. Who knows?