Store owners appreciate alcohol stings - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

Store owners appreciate alcohol stings

Albany store owners and clerks who follow thelaw said they appreciate police stings targeting illegal alcohol sales. (Source: WALB) Albany store owners and clerks who follow thelaw said they appreciate police stings targeting illegal alcohol sales. (Source: WALB)
1 of 26 Albany stores sold to an undercover, underage buyer during a May 20th sting. (Source: WALB) 1 of 26 Albany stores sold to an undercover, underage buyer during a May 20th sting. (Source: WALB)
Woodall's Store manager Jeanine Fowler said their clerks see fake ID's and all kinds of excuses from underage people trying to buy alcohol. (Source: WALB) Woodall's Store manager Jeanine Fowler said their clerks see fake ID's and all kinds of excuses from underage people trying to buy alcohol. (Source: WALB)
"We're going to keep doing it.  And if they don't comply then we're not just going to let them turn themselves in to the Sheriff's Office anymore, we're going to arrest them," said Albany Dougherty Drug Unit Commander Major Prurince Dice. (Source: WALB) "We're going to keep doing it.  And if they don't comply then we're not just going to let them turn themselves in to the Sheriff's Office anymore, we're going to arrest them," said Albany Dougherty Drug Unit Commander Major Prurince Dice. (Source: WALB)
"We like those checks, because it keeps everybody on their toes.  And it reminds us we need to still be vigilant," said Woodall CEO, Wright Woodall. (Source: WALB) "We like those checks, because it keeps everybody on their toes.  And it reminds us we need to still be vigilant," said Woodall CEO, Wright Woodall. (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Albany store owners and clerks who follow the law said they appreciate police stings targeting illegal alcohol sales.

Tuesday, officials sited workers at 11 stores for selling alcohol to underaged buyers.

Woodall's Store manager Jeanine Fowler said their clerks see fake ID's and all kinds of excuses from underage people trying to buy alcohol.

"Or they try to say, Oh I forgot my ID. And let the person behind them buy them.  And you can't let them do that. You say no, you can't buy it from them, because you know what they are doing," said Fowler.

11 of 26 Albany stores sold to an undercover, underage buyer during a May 20th sting. 

Some did not check ID's, and some asked to look at ID's and still sold even though it showed the buyers were underage.

Woodall's was not checked this time, but store owners say they appreciate the scrutiny.

"We like those checks, because it keeps everybody on their toes.  And it reminds us we need to still be vigilant," said Woodall CEO, Wright Woodall.

Fowler said her policy is to demand an ID from anyone who appears to be under the age of 40.

"It's hard to tell, you can't go by appearances. So you pretty much need to check all ID's" said Fowler.

Woodall's demands a picture ID with a Date of birth, which is typed into the register as part of the sale.

"And then they'll punch that into the register, in the POS system, and it will let them know if that person is underage or not," said Woodall.

Clerks who sold in this latest check have been charged with a misdemeanor offense, and drug agents warn next time they will make it tougher.

"We're going to keep doing it.  And if they don't comply then we're not just going to let them turn themselves in to the Sheriff's Office anymore, we're going to arrest them," said Albany Dougherty Drug Unit Commander Major Prurince Dice.

Store clerks and owners said they know teens trying to buy alcohol increases in the summer, so they have to remain vigilant checking ID's.

Woodall said he knows no store clerk or owner wants to sell alcohol and it lead to someone getting hurt.  He plans to hold a follow up meeting after this latest sting, to remind his employees proper procedure.

Copyright 2016 WALB.  All rights reserved.

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Woman killed in fall from billboard

    Woman killed in fall from billboard

    Monday, May 22 2017 7:22 PM EDT2017-05-22 23:22:17 GMT
    It happened near Loch Laurel Road (Source: Google Maps)It happened near Loch Laurel Road (Source: Google Maps)

    Preliminary investigations revealed the female victim fell from a billboard while conducting routine maintenance, and suffered fatal injury, according to Lowndes County Coroner Austin J. Fiveash.

    More >>

    Preliminary investigations revealed the female victim fell from a billboard while conducting routine maintenance, and suffered fatal injury, according to Lowndes County Coroner Austin J. Fiveash.

    More >>
  • Lowndes Co. Officials warn community after rabies attack

    Lowndes Co. Officials warn community after rabies attack

    Monday, May 22 2017 7:06 PM EDT2017-05-22 23:06:43 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    Health officials are urging you to be careful around wildlife and stray animals, after a South Georgia family was attacked by a fox with rabies. This happened last Thursday on Cotton Avenue in Lake Park. A man and his dog were attacked by the fox when they went outside their house. Lowndes County animal service employees said the fox's test came back positive for Rabies. "Once someone really becomes infected with the rabies virus and it develops into the disease.

    More >>

    Health officials are urging you to be careful around wildlife and stray animals, after a South Georgia family was attacked by a fox with rabies. This happened last Thursday on Cotton Avenue in Lake Park. A man and his dog were attacked by the fox when they went outside their house. Lowndes County animal service employees said the fox's test came back positive for Rabies. "Once someone really becomes infected with the rabies virus and it develops into the disease.

    More >>
  • Valdosta Police Chief speaks out about sentence handed down for cop shooter

    Sentence handed down for Valdosta cop shooter

    Monday, May 22 2017 7:02 PM EDT2017-05-22 23:02:29 GMT
    Beck hears his sentence (Source: WALB)Beck hears his sentence (Source: WALB)

    The man convicted of ambushing a Valdosta Police officer in 2016 was sentenced Monday morning to 10 years, for attempted murder.

    More >>

    The man convicted of ambushing a Valdosta Police officer in 2016 was sentenced Monday morning to 10 years, for attempted murder.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly