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Local Retailers Sell Alcohol to Teens during Recent Sting

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LONGVIEW/GREGG COUNTY (KYTX) - When stores get crowded and the line at the checkout gets pretty long, that's when the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission says cashiers get a little lazy and forget to check ID. The Longview Police Department along with the T.A.B.C. conducted an off-premise minor sting. Big Papa's Liquor, Beer and Wine was one of 12 stores that didn't pass the sting, but they say it'll never happen in their store again.

  "The guy came in, tried to buy beer from my girl in the convenient store and she sold it to him."


 The only problem is, that guy was 18 years old. Michelle freeman is the owner of Longview's big papa's liquor beer and wine. She says she's taking the matter very seriously.
"It's not just important if it's a T.A.B.C. sting, it's important all the time."
Kim lee is a Big Papa's cashier. She's not the girl who sold to the minor but she says she has an idea why the mistake may have happened.
 "It's unfortunate that it happened, she always rushed she feels overwhelmed and stuff."
Larry Robinson is a father of four, he says there are no excuses.
"If a minor goes out, has an accident and somebody dies because the store didn't card them, didn't do what they're supposed to do, yes, they should be held responsible."

The Longview police department agrees, and these 12 stores were held responsible:

  1. Gateway Fly Thru Beer
  2. Rudy's on Estes Parkway 
  3. Longview Bingo Center  
  4. Cowboy's Stop
  5. Walgreen's on Marshall Avenue
  6. Food Fast on Access Road 
  7. Food Fast on McCann Road
  8. Big Papa's 
  9. Rudy's on West Marshall Avenue, 
  10. Road Runner Superette # 2,  
  11. Food Fast on South Eastman, 
  12. E-Z Mart on Gilmer Road
"It ain't just those 12 stores it's going on at, they need to be checking other stores as well."

Freeman considers it a wake-up call for workers in her store.

"Bad situation might have turned out for the better to make them even more aware and how important it is and to make sure we are not selling to underage people."

The T.A.B.C. says 64 stores around Longview were checked, and those that did not meet compliance were cited.

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