Five stores cited for selling alcohol to minors | Business
Following an undercover operation, five stores in Kershaw County were cited after selling alcohol to minors, according to the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office.
The report said on May 20 Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office conducted an undercover operation in which underage individuals acting under the direction of the Sheriff’s Office attempted to purchase alcoholic beverages from 38 locations in Kershaw County that were licensed to sell alcohol.
As a result of this operation citations were given to the IGA in Elgin, the Food Lion in Elgin, Youngs in Lugoff, Youngs in Camden and Speaks Oil #101 in Camden.
According to the report, in each of the 38 attempts to purchase alcoholic beverages, the underage person presented their legitimate identification which clearly showed them to be under the age of 21.
In the above mentioned stores, the store clerk sold beer to the underage purchaser.
Some of the stores cited actually had ID verification equipment that was not used or was improperly used, investigators say.
In two of the cited stores the clerk did not ask the purchaser for ID.
The fine levied against the clerk who sold the alcohol is $672.50 and is adjudicated in magistrate’s court. The administrative fine against the store’s license is $500 for the first offense, $1000.00 for the second offense and $1500.00 for the third offense with suspension of the beer and wine license for up to 45 days. These administrative violations are handled by the SC Department of Revenue.
“It is no secret that the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office is attempting to limit the availability of alcohol to our young people. That we continue to make cases against stores that sell alcohol is a little troubling. The stores need to do a better job of educating their employees on the proper way to check identification. There is a program designed by the SC Department of Revenue to teach store employees how to properly verify the age of someone trying to purchase alcoholic beverages. It would be prudent for the stores to mandate this training for their employees,” said Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews.