Police Bust 14 Store Clerks For Selling Booze To Minors

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To make sure Wichita liquor and convenience stores check ID when selling alcohol, police conducted a sting operation Friday night to test whether booze are being sold to minors. An employee of Davis Liquor store failed this test.

"My employee was about three weeks on the job. He had been instructed how to read an ID and all that but made an error," says Davis Liquor Store Owner John Davis.

His is one of 11 stores that sold alcohol to teens during the sting. A total of 20 police officers and eight minors went to 71 stores city-wide, during which 14 arrests were made.

This was the biggest underage drinking crackdown in many years.

"This time of year we see a lot of underage drinking. It's prom time, school is about to be dismissed, we have the Memorial Day holiday coming up and Riverfestival," Wichita Police Spokesperson Gordon Bassham said.

Davis said he trains all his employees how to properly check IDs and still his store was busted. So wants something more to be done and is calling for a new mandatory identification law.

"It would mean that if an 80 year old man came in and wanted to buy alcohol he would need to have identification to do it," Davis said.

After this latest bust, local clerks will likely be much more careful working the register.


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