When our California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA ) members who are Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) agents set out with local law enforcement officers and underage decoys November 14 and 15, they found there was no shortage of people willing to sell, serve or provide alcohol to someone under 21.
In decoy operations in Bakersfield, Martinez and Pleasanton, agents cited clerks or servers at 16 businesses that included convenience stores and restaurants. They also cited 12 citizens who purchased alcohol for the decoys when the decoys asked if they would do so.
"This is precisely why ABC agents conduct these operations," said CSLEA President Alan Barcelona. "Statistics show that young people under the age of 21 who consume alcohol are more likely to get involved in a serious situation that leaves them, or someone else, injured or killed. "
ABC agents team up with local law enforcement officers throughout the state and routinely conduct decoy and shoulder tap operations. Those who buy alcohol for minors face a minimum fine of $1,000 and 24 hours of community service. The clerks/servers face a minimum fine of $250 and/or up to 32 hours of community service for a first violation. ABC can also take administrative action against the business' license.