Coali­tion re­ports on un­der­age sales checks

The Standard Journal - - POLICE/FIRE - From Staff Re­ports

Last year, lo­cal or­ga­niz­ers with Re­thinkthedr­ink.org got the help of lo­cal po­lice de­part­ments in putting to­gether checks on stores to en­sure they weren’t sell­ing to mi­nors.

In Jan­uary, they re­leased in­for­ma­tion on those checks - con­ducted in May and Novem­ber 2015 - and found that five stores, in­clud­ing the Handy Andy - were in com­plete com­pli­ance with laws re­quir­ing no un­der­age sales to mi­nors.

Hi Tech Fuel, In­gles, Mapco and Kwick Serve were among the oth­ers that com­pletely pass all four checks.

The checks - lim­ited to the Rock­mart area for now - sought to see if mi­nors could pur­chase al­co­hol at lo­cal stores with­out hav­ing their IDs checked, or un­der­cover ac­tors pos­ing as mi­nors.

Stores that did not com­pletely pass in­cluded Race­way, Smart Mart on Goodyear Ave., The Fast Food and Fuel Mapco on Cartersvil­le Ave., Quick Stop on At­lanta High­way, D&K Easy Shop on East Elm Street, and Wal­mart.

Dr. Michael Car­pen­ter from the Coali­tion to Pre­ven the Mis­use of Al­co­hol, said he was pleased so far with the re­sults, but said more work has to be done to en­sure all stores are check­ing IDs.

Polk County Sher­iff Johnny Moats, Deputy Jonathan Black­mon, and Handy Andy Con­ve­nience Store clerk.

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