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Businesses Cited for Selling Alcohol to Teens

A police undercover operation caught four businesses in Glendora selling liquor to underage customers.

Glendora Police launched an alcohol sting on 23 businesses last week and found several stores still sold alcohol to underage customers, even though the businesses were warned ahead of time of the pending sting.

Glendora Police along with the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control led teams on the decoy operation with two 19-year-old police cadets serving as undercover underage decoys. The teams visited 23 locations in Glendora Thursday evening. Four of the locations were cited for selling alcohol to the decoys – on Arrow Highway, Market on Grand and Foothill, at Route 66 and Pasadena and at 400 E. Route 66.

According to police, prior to the sting, all 23 businesses received letters reminding them of current state and city liquor laws, which prohibit the sale of alcohol to customers under 21 years old. The businesses were also warned of a future alcohol sting at their location.

The penalty for selling alcohol to underage customers can be expensive fines and license suspensions or revocations.

The other businesses will receive a letter informing them that a minor decoy operation had been conducted at their business and no alcohol was sold to underage customers at the time.

Glendora Police regularly hosts alcohol stings to help prevent the sale of alcohol to minors, although it remains a common problem in the city, said Captain Tim Staab.

“Underage drinking remains a large problem in Glendora,” said Staab. “There are still too many DUI arrests and DUI collisions involving drivers under the age of 21.” 

Statistics show In June, Auto Club spokeswoman Alice Bisno said the four days around July 4 are among the most fatal for teens. The fatality rate for a 16- or 17-year-old driver rises 44 percent when there is another person younger than 21 in the vehicle, she said.

- City News Service contributed to this report

Lou Irigoyen August 15, 2012 at 04:05 PM
In the case of the mini marts, if the violation was caused by a store clerk then the company should be fined, in the case of the the independents like the drive thur dairy, I wondered if the owner was involved in the sale? I so, shame on them. They should know better not only for violating the law, but for putting their businesses in jeopardy. We all know that just like so many things, a person that wants to procure or obtain anything illegally, will do so, but if a store clerk just disregards the rules put in place, that person should be punished. In know for a fact that many places in Nevada for example, check ID even if you look 60 years old. It is just the policy and the clerks know better than to disregard the policy. It could mean their job.
stevi August 15, 2012 at 04:06 PM
The businesses only receive a letter?! Why not a huge fine? It's like just giving out a slap on the wrist, it won't do anything to change what's going on. Ridiculous.
EZDuzit August 15, 2012 at 04:17 PM
I agree Stevi. It seems a very mild rebuke to simply issue letters in these cases. After all, the results of minors drinking could cause a DUI or fatal accident. This seems pretty serious and deserves a more measurable consequence than a letter. Maybe the law dictates that letters be issued first? I don't know how the law reads in such cases.
Hazel Lodevico-To'o (Editor) August 15, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Just to clarify, the letters were sent prior to the alcohol sting conducted at the businesses. Cited businesses could be fined or have their licenses suspended or revoked.
EZDuzit August 15, 2012 at 05:13 PM
Thanks for the clarification, Hazel!
Sheryl August 15, 2012 at 06:23 PM
Thank you, Glendora Police Department, for enforcing this law.
Judy McGehee August 16, 2012 at 12:12 AM
These businesses need to be fined, we all need to boycott the stores cited, and make them responsible for selling alcohol to underaged kids.......we keep loosing kids to drugs and alcohol use - I know they can get it anywhere, but businesses need to be held accountable! judy, loving kids in our community.....
John August 18, 2012 at 10:06 PM
The article said the businesses received a letter warning of an upcoming decoy operation, and once they sold alcohol to the decoy were given a citation. Those who did not sell alcohol to the decoy received a second letter as an update, letting them know they did not sell to the decoy. It is all in the article, I suggest reading it.
EZDuzit August 18, 2012 at 11:18 PM
Unfortunately John I am not as astute as you and when I scan an article that only mildly interests me, I do miss a few things. However; I still take exception to the police even sending them a letter to warn them of the sting. Why should they send such a signal? Do they tell meth labs ahead of time that they are considering a bust? Maybe that's a common practice in law enforcement when dealing with businesses?
Bill C. August 20, 2012 at 12:30 AM
The police send letters because the ABC feels the first and most important thing is to deter businessses from selling to minors. They want to reduce the amount of alcohol related drunk driving accidents among other incidents that take place due to the drinking of minors. In fact I'm just about sure, from looking at the ABC website, that they require that be done prior to a sting. Seems to make sense to me.

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