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Stores busted for selling to people under 21

November 8, 2004

Thomasville - There are more than 30 stores in Thomasville that sell alcohol, at Jack Rabbit Foods store, they make sure no one under 21 is buying. "Train, train, train, everyday you walk in that store," says Supervisor Linda Gailey.

Gailey says the only way to make sure her employees aren't selling to people under 21 is to test them.  She says, "You get a person that looks real, real young and you send them in and you're sitting outside, to see if they come back out with that beer."

That's the same method the Thomasville Police Department used last week to test all of the stores. "Out of over 30 establishments, only 3 were in violation," says Sgt. Rachelle Denmark.

Those three are Rite Aid, J & P Stop and Shop and Flash Foods, located on Broad Street, but 90% of the stores passed.

Gailey says she wants her store to pass the test every time, but there's only one way to do that. She says, "You don't know, you really don't know until you look at that ID." And by checking ID's, they'll never make a failing grade.

The employees who sold alcohol to underage customers were charged with selling alcohol to a person under 21 years old.

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