Pleasanton Weekly

Community Pulse - September 30, 2011

Six clerks cited in alcohol sting

Businesses also face penalties for allowing underage sales

by Glenn Wohltmann

An underage alcohol sting led to citations being issued to clerks at six local businesses for selling alcohol to minors after a decoy operation Thursday night.

The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, working with the Pleasanton Police Department's Special Enforcement Unit, used two 19-year-old volunteers who attempted to buy alcohol at 18 restaurants, bars and liquor stores. Twelve of the 18 clerks did the right thing -- asking for identification and blocking the sale.

However, clerks at Alberto's Restaurant in the 400 block of Main Street and New York Pizza in the 600 block of Main were cited, as were clerks at Meiko Sushi and Perrys Liquors, both in the 4300 block of Valley Avenue. Also cited were a clerk at Fernando's Restaurant in the 300 of St. Mary Street and one at Fiesta Taco in the 1900 block of Santa Rita Road.

While the individual clerks who conducted the sales were issued citations, reports are being forwarded to Pleasanton courts and the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control for additional administrative action against the establishment liquor licenses.

The purpose of the program is to ensure retail businesses are complying with the law by not selling alcoholic beverages to minors, a Pleasanton police news release said, adding minimizing alcohol sales to minors creates a safer environment for minors as well as for the rest of the community.

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