Edmond businesses caught selling alcohol to minors
Edmond, Okla. — Our cameras were rolling as teenagers walked into different Edmond liquor stores trying to buy booze.
At Second Street Wine Company the teen was not successful, leaving empty-handed.
“We kick people out all the time just for not being old enough or using fakes or having someone else’s ids,” said Jessica Marshall. She understands the stiff penalties if she doesn’t follow the law.
“You have to do it or you’re going to lose your license and you’re going to have to pay a fine or go to jail and.”
But when the same teen strolls into another store the clerk sold him a bottle of Crown Royal.
The decoy was even wearing a high school sweatshirt that says class of 2014. But the employee still did not ask for identification.
“We’re not out here to trick them. As you can see tonight the youth that we are using looks like he is well under 21. He’s wearing a t-shirt that says he’s a senior.” said Lt. Dan Stow with Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office.
Not long after that bust the high-schooler goes into Kickingbird Wine on Bryant. They stopped him right in his tracks.
This was Meagan Acuna’s first sting. “That one was a little easy to spot because he looked like he was about five years old. Not really, but he looked really young.”
Out of 25 store, two clerks failed the test and are now facing charges for selling alcohol to a minor.
Stow says its important to be diligent with each customer and gives a reminder to shop owners. “We understand you get busy and we understand that there’s a lot going on in your stores and things are moving around and you’re trying to watch your product and service your customers but we need to make sure we don’t sell to minors.”
The evidence from the sting will be turned over the District Attorney’s Office who will ultimately determine what charges the clerks will have to face.