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Two Nabbed in Alcohol Compliancy Check

Benicia police team up with Department of Alcohol Beverage Control to test Benicia businesses. Most of the businesses refused to sell alcohol to the minor decoy.

-From the Benicia Police Department-

On December 5, 2012, members of the Benicia Police Department's Investigations Unit and Agents from the California Department of Alcohol Beverage Control conducted minor decoy alcoholic beverage stings at various locations throughout Benicia. A 17-year-old male minor decoy was utilized during this operation and attempted to purchase alcoholic beverages from local businesses in Benicia. 

Both Off-Sale (Purchase for off premises consumption) and On-Sale (Purchase for on premises consumption) businesses were targeted in the operation.  The Benicia Police Department conducts alcoholic beverage and tobacco compliancy checks two to five times a year. Funding for the compliancy checks is provided by Solano County Reducing Rates Coalition.

The minor decoy entered 20 establishments that sell alcoholic beverages.  Employees at 18 of the businesses requested identification from the minor decoy and after determining the decoys age, they refused to sell or furnish the alcoholic beverage. 

“The Benicia Police Department's goal is to eventually reach total compliance,” said Lt. Frank Hartig.

An employee at Little Thai Bistro located at 870 Southampton Road and Buon Appetito restaurant located at 191 Military East did not ask the minor decoy for identification.  Employees at these two businesses furnished the minor decoy with an alcoholic beverage. 

Little Thai Bistro employee,  Waranya Lagle and a Buon Apetito employee (a 16-year-old minor) were issued citations for furnishing an alcoholic beverage to a person under the age of twenty-one.  Both were released at the scene.  “We are extremely pleased with the businesses that followed the law and asked for identification and did not sell to the minor decoy,” Hartig.

Agents from the Department of Alcohol Beverage Control will be processing the case involving Buon Apetito.  The 16-year-old minor employee is currently on court probation for a DUI involving a traffic collision from earlier this year. 

“The goal of the program is zero sales, zero citations, and alcohol free and healthier youth.  Total compliance with alcohol and tobacco sales laws is the department's mission,” said Hartig.

The following eighteen businesses were contacted and did not sell alcoholic beverages to the minor decoy.  

1.     Rose Market                                 2064 COLUMBUS PKWY

2.     CVS                                                  2100 COLUMBUS PKWY

3.     Raley's                                            890 SOUTHAMPTON RD

4.     Superstop                                                 816 SOUTHAMPTON RD

5.     Bob's Food and Liquor                         510 WEST J ST

6.     Chevron Gas                                 10 SOLANO SQ

7.     Safeway                                         50 SOLANO SQ

8.     Rite Aide                          60 SOLANO SQ

9.     Valero Gas                                     1925 EAST 2ND ST

10. Texaco Gas                                    6001 GOODYEAR RD

11. Food & Liquor East                   1502 EAST 5TH ST

12. Liquor Warehouse                   457 MILITARY EAST

13. 7 Eleven                               500 MILITARY EAST

14. Szechwan House Restaurant             500 1st St Ste A,

15. Kaigon Sushi                             560 1st St Ste A 103

16. The Loft Wine Bar                     280 1st Street

17. Rookies Sports Bar                    321 1st Street

18. Mai Thai Cuisine                        807 1st street



 

 

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David Johnston December 07, 2012 at 10:11 PM
Just a thought - but don't you have to be over 21 to serve alcohol?
Joe Feltcher December 08, 2012 at 05:03 AM
No.
John Headley December 08, 2012 at 05:58 AM
18
Marlon Ostil December 08, 2012 at 10:00 PM
Alcohol... good to see that most have been good at not getting booz out to minors! My son who goes to BMS tell me that he has seen a local 8th grader walking out of #4 with tobacco. I cant prove this though. In their defense I can say that once I was in there and a child came in for smokes. The clerk didnt sell to her. The young girls mother came in kinda fussing and "what happen? You know her and you know shes buying me smokes". This happens all too often. Lazy parents send child in to get smokes! Thats just not a good look at all!
David Johnston December 12, 2012 at 12:12 AM
Thanks John - so the 16 yr old was also in violation of that statute. Will the ATF be following up with Little Thai to review their liquor license?

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