Alcohol retailers get good marks

Alcohol retailers get good marks
Here is the list of stores that were checked
Here is the list of stores that were checked

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Stores are getting the message not to sell alcohol to the under aged. Albany and Dougherty County stores have their best performance yet during undercover checks.

For more than 15 years the Albany Dougherty Drug unit has held undercover checks of stores to see if they are selling to under aged.

In their latest operation, the best performance ever by stores and clerks. Store owners take pride in their diligence.

In past years, most of these undercover checks 60 or 70 percent of the stores sell to underage buyers. In December half the stores did. But drug agents say it appears the stores are really taking this problem seriously.

The Acree Beverage Company owner's policy is to ID everyone, and to go a step further if someone under 21 years old tries to buy alcohol.

Acree Beverage Company owner Skip Nichols said "If we catch somebody we're going to keep the license. We're going to call Dougherty County Police. "

And that's exactly what Nichols' clerk did Friday the 13th, when an Albany Dougherty Drug Unit undercover, underage buyer came in.

ADDU Commander Major Bill Berry said "We applaud that. That's what we'd like to hear and see."

That Friday the underage buyer went into 20 stores, and only four sold. "We've never, never in the 15 or so years that we've been doing this had this good of a result."

Three of the four stores that sold in this latest check are owned by the same person. Managers of his stores told us he was unavailable today.

Nichols said he welcomes the checks. "I may be stepping on a lot of people's toes doing that, but I think that's something, an example needs to be set somewhere," Nichols said

With spring break coming, lots of kids may try to buy alcohol, and they did this check to make sure the clerks and stores keep checking ID's.

"Those stores are doing what they are supposed to do. Checking and making sure that these kids are not getting the alcohol.

The four clerks who sold to the undercover buyer were charged with a misdemeanor. They and the owners of the stores face a fine.

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