Underage alcohol sales bring charges

Wednesday, May 12, 2010 11:35 AM
Last updated Friday, May 28, 2010 11:11 PM
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Two Martinez store clerks were charged with selling alcohol to a minor during a recent undercover operation by the Columbia County Sheriff's Office.

The sheriff's office sent an underage, undercover person into 12 alcohol-selling establishments on Tuesday, according to sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris.

Clerks at 10 of the 12 stores asked for identification and did not sell alcohol to the underage shopper.

John Tzolis, an employee at Yanni's Package Shop at 236 Bobby Jones Expressway, and a 16-year-old employee of Bi-Lo at 500 Furys Ferry Road, were charged with a county ordinance violation for selling alcohol to someone without proper identification.

Morris said the sheriff's office conducts these random operations several times a year. Typically, Columbia County Code Enforcement will follow-up by citing the business owner as well and both face fines in county Magistrate Court, said Linda Glasscock, Code Enforcement/Animal Services manager.

Businesses receiving three violations within three years are usually taken before the Columbia County Commission for potential alcohol license revocation, Morris has said.

Businesses that operated properly during the sting were: Circle K locations at 3934 Washington Road, Martinez, 190 Baston Road, Martinez, and 1045 Furys Ferry Road, Evans; Food Lion, 4098 Old Petersburg Road, Martinez; Liquor and More, 3821 Washington Road, Martinez; Sprint, 3701 Washington Road, Martinez; Woody's Spirits, 5121 Washington Road, Evans; Yeong's Pantry, 2205 S. Belair Road, Martinez; Golden Package Shop, 218 S. Belair Road, Martinez; and Publix, 5119 Washington Road, Evans.

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lsmith
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lsmith 05/12/10 - 12:00 pm
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I feel so much safer now.
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I feel so much safer now.

happychimer
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happychimer 05/12/10 - 12:07 pm
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It is not against the law to

It is not against the law to sell alcohol to a person without proper ID. It is against the law to sell to a person under the age of 21.

LynxRHot
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LynxRHot 05/12/10 - 01:34 pm
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Happychimer....read the

Happychimer....read the article again. It's COUNTY ORDINANCE that they ask for the ID.

rebelgirl
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rebelgirl 05/12/10 - 01:40 pm
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If a sixteen year old can

If a sixteen year old can sell alcohol then why can't her name be published ? If she is getting charged with one count maybe they should reveiw the security tapes and see how many of her underage friends it was sold to and give her more charges.I think maybe you all would be surprised and it's probably some of the Lakside Highschool kids that have been killed in accidents that it was sold to.I feel sorry for the parents that are totally clueless until their teen dies because of it.

rebelgirl
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rebelgirl 05/12/10 - 01:43 pm
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nothing against Lakeside it's

nothing against Lakeside it's a great school,just the idiot that sells alcohol to kids knowing what the consequences are just not caring so they can make a sale.

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reader54 05/12/10 - 04:26 pm
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You can sell alcohol to a

You can sell alcohol to a minor and get a slap on the wrist. Sell marijuana to a minor and get buried.

snoopdawg99
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snoopdawg99 05/12/10 - 04:28 pm
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Since when can someone under

Since when can someone under the age 21 sell alcohol to anyone
clerks should be over 21 to handle beer wine etc...store needs to be investigated for that underage sellers

Frank I
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Frank I 05/12/10 - 05:23 pm
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snoopdawg: you don't have to

snoopdawg: you don't have to be over 21 to sell alcohol..

cleanup
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cleanup 05/12/10 - 06:41 pm
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Entrapment.

Entrapment.

happychimer
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happychimer 05/12/10 - 07:32 pm
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Lynx so much for a county

Lynx so much for a county ordinance. I have bought beer and wine in Columbia County from several different stores and not been asked for ID.

happychimer
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happychimer 05/12/10 - 07:38 pm
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Lynx you are saying it is not

Lynx you are saying it is not against the law to sell to a minor? I do not see that charge in the story. The story does say they were charged with selling without proper ID, but I don't believe that.I believe they were charged with selling to a minor.

happychimer
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happychimer 05/12/10 - 07:51 pm
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The story changed.Two

The story changed.Two Martinez store clerks were charged with selling alcohol to a minor during a recent undercover operation by the Columbia County Sheriff's Office.

taylor729
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taylor729 05/17/10 - 10:31 pm
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taylor729 05/17/10 - 10:30 pm
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corgimom
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corgimom 05/13/10 - 12:45 am
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Taylor729- sorry, I don't

Taylor729- sorry, I don't believe you.

You chose not to card her. You knew what the law said. You know that the sheriff's office does this, with minors that look older. You know that if you mess up, you would lose your job and have to go to court.

And by the way, I believe it had a lot to do with the fact that you are male and she was female. I guess now you know that you are a lousy judge of how old someone really is.

"we were backed up"- now that part I believe.

Personally, if I sold alcohol, I'd ask every single person for ID. No exceptions.

"i feel like in some ways the store should be somewhat responsible becuase if they hire me then they should be responsible"- huh?

I know, without even asking, that you signed a paper that said that you knew what the law said and what the penalties were.

Good luck with your future. And good luck in court. *snort*

taylor729
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taylor729 05/17/10 - 10:30 pm
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hopefulinaugusta
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hopefulinaugusta 05/13/10 - 01:27 am
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Richmond County should do

Richmond County should do this at some of the smaller convienence stores in the county. I have been in several and never seen them ID anyone for alcohol purchases.

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