Clerks at businesses in the Mt. Juliet area which sell beer did as required by checking for the proper age of a customer during an undercover sting conducted by police.
Mt. Juliet Police Department detectives this past week sent an underage informant into area stores that sell beer for off-premises consumption to see if they could purchase the beverage.
Detectives noted they were pleased with the results because the underage informant was properly checked for proper age each time while trying to make the purchase. No merchant was willing to sell beer to the informant, who was under the age of 21.
The undercover sting sent a 19-year-old to all 39 stores in the city to buy beer. Each of the stores denied the sale to the underage informant.
“It is imperative that our merchants do not sell beer to underage persons,” said Police Chief James Hambrick. “I’m satisfied to know that every clerk properly ensured that our informant was of proper age prior to the sale.”
Compliance checks are used to ensure businesses are adhering to city ordinance and state law governing the sale of alcoholic beverages and to prevent sales to under-aged individuals. Checks are conducted throughout the year, and this check was planned to coincide with graduation season.