Two stores cited; two clerks is­sued crim­i­nal ci­ta­tions for un­der­age al­co­hol sales

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An un­der­age al­co­hol sale com­pli­ance check was car­ried out by the Ge­or­gia Depart­ment of Rev­enue and the Cedar­town Po­lice Depart­ment on April 15, ac­cord­ing to a re­lease from city of­fi­cials this af­ter­noon.

The com­pli­ance check in­volved all busi­nesses li­censed to sell al­co­hol within the City of Cedar­town, and net­ted a pair of ci­ta­tions.

Ac­cord­ing to Cedar­town Po­lice Chief Jamie New­some, the Ge­or­gia Depart­ment of Rev­enue pro­vided a uni­formed of­fi­cer, an un­der­cover of­fi­cer, and an un­der­age per­son to con­duct the com­pli­ance check.

New­some said that at ev­ery busi­ness, the un­der­age per­son en­tered the store, picked out an al­co­holic bev­er­age and then placed it on the check out counter.

“At that point, the un­der­age per­son says noth­ing, only places the bev­er­age on the counter. It’s up to the clerk to ask for ID,” New­some ex­plains. “When le­gal pro­ce­dures are fol­lowed, the clerk asks for iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and at that point, the un­der­age per­son ex­its the store. In cases where the clerk does not ask for ID, the clerk is is­sued a crim­i­nal ci­ta­tion from our po­lice depart­ment and the Ge­or­gia Depart­ment of Rev­enue cites the li­cense holder (store owner) with a vi­o­la­tion.”

Stores cited by the Depart­ment of Rev­enue in­clude Fleet, at 1016 East Av­enue, and Grand’s, lo­cated at 724 S. Main Street.

Fleet clerk Avaniben Bri­jesh Pa­tel, 26, and Grand’s clerk Sheena Brooke Laroche, 35, were given a crim­i­nal ci­ta­tion from the Cedar­town Po­lice.

New­some ex­pressed ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the co­op­er­a­tive ef­fort made on be­half of the Ge­or­gia Depart­ment of Rev­enue.

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