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.