Minors Buy Booze Undercover

1 decade 3 years 3 months ago Thursday, May 03 2007 May 3, 2007 Thursday, May 03, 2007 9:09:17 PM CDT May 03, 2007 in News

A surprise visit from undercover officers didn't go so well at Eagle Stop.

Jefferson City Police captain Michael Smith says most stores follow the law.

"We'll catch one or two," he said.

This time, they caught six. Members of the liquor control board paired up with JCPD to check 14 capitol stores.

At the Eagle Stop convenience store, supervisors didn't take what happened lightly.

"It's not acceptable, the employee is terminated immediately," said Misty McGowan, Eagle Stop supervisor.

Managers say the employee who made the sale was busy, and was alone in the store at the time.

"He was just trying to get the customers out as fast as possible," said McGowan.

That sale could cost Eagle Stop and six other stores a big chunk of sales if the City Liquor Control Board decides to suspend their liquor licenses.

"Since we regulate businesses in the city, we feel we can have an impact," said Steve Schlueter of the Liquor Control Board.

Seventy-two hours of lost sales means a lot.

"It's devastating, customers, in a day, can get used to going somewhere else," said McGowan.

Smith and Schlueter say this time of year is perfect for these operations, to keep alcohol out of the picture as students celebrate the end of the school year. A federal grant pays for overtime for officers who help with compliance checks. Smith says Jefferson City police may do more checks in the coming weeks as prom season continues.

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