3 South Lake Tahoe store clerks cited for selling alcohol to minors
Three clerks at three different South Lake Tahoe businesses were recently cited for selling alcohol to minors.
The citations came Sept. 28 after the South Lake Tahoe Police Department conducted a minor decoy operation, according to a press release from the city. Minors under the direct supervision of officers attempted to purchase alcohol from 19 retail locations. The three clerks (ages 31, 35 and 27) who were cited worked at Mi Pueblo Market, RiteAid and Safeway.
Each individual who sold to a minor faces a minimum fine of $250, and/or 24 to 32 hours of community service for a first violation.
The city announced the citations in a press release in which it also stated that the police department was awarded a $95,000 grant from the California Alcoholic Beverage Control. The grant is intended to help “battle alcohol-related crime,” according to the city.
The South Lake Tahoe Police Department says it conducts the compliance checks to reduce the availability of alcohol to minors.
Enforcement is not the only tactic used in South Lake Tahoe. The department will host a free training session for ABC licensed businesses and their employees. The training is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 24 at City Hall.