Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit agents conducted an underage alcohol sting operation last week.
They found 11 of 26 stores visited, sold alcohol to people under 21.
During this operation, there were stores who did not even ask for identification, and there were stores who asked for identification but still sold the alcohol to the teens anyway.
Major Dice of the Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit said this was an almost 50 percent failure rate, which is entirely too high. I'm sure we all agree with that.
We appreciate some locally owned stores who do properly train their staff and appreciate the periodic checks by police.
"We like those checks, because it keeps us on our toes and reminds us we need to be vigilant"," said CEO of Woodall's Wright Woodall.
Clearly there is something wrong here to have a 50 percent failure rate.
The fines on offenders need to be increased, we should add additional penalties on those who sell to minors, and some repeat offender stores need to lose their alcohol license.
We hope commissioners will act on this soon.