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11 retailers cited for furnishing alcohol to minors during sting operation

By James Kuch
News Editor | news@arenacindependent.com
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ARENAC COUNTY — An undercover sting operation has led to citations for 11 local retailers for serving alcohol to minors.

The undercover sting operation, conducted by the Arenac County Sheriff’s Department, using minor decoys on March 24, checked 27 stores and 10 bars in Arenac County.

According to undersheriff Donald McIntyre, four retailers never checked the identification of the undercover minor; four retailers looked at identification before selling alcohol to the minor. One retailer looked at the identification and stated, “I’ll let it go this time.” One retailer looked at the identification and stated, “Good enough for me.” One retailer looked at the identification and stated, “Close enough.”

Names of the stores and bars have not yet been released to the public.

McIntyre said that the indications and remarks made indicate that three clerks intentionally sold alcohol to minors, while eight clerks either became confused or did not pay attention to the identification.

“This is somewhat disturbing,” he said. “I really believed that (Arenac County) had been making progress based on the results of our last few stings, which were somewhat unproductive.”

Of the five stores cited, one is located in Sterling, one in Standish, one in Melita, one in Alger and one in AuGres. Of the bars cited, five are located in Standish while one is in AuGres. McIntyre said one Standish bar has now been cited for serving alcohol to a minor for a second time during a sting operation.

McIntyre said clerks who served the minors have received misdemeanor citations, while the businesses are subject to violations from the Michigan Liquor Control Commission.

He added that jail time is a possibility for the clerks.

McIntyre said the sheriff’s department performs an undercover sting around two times a year. The stings are funded by the Arenac Drug and Alcohol Containment Taskforce.

“The results from this sting are similar to results from when we first started performing stings five years ago,” he said. “During our last sting, no one was cited.”

McIntyre said that undercover decoy operations and compliance checks are necessary to help prevent the sales of alcohol to minors.

“Retailers in Arenac County had shown improvement when regular checks were taking place,” he said. “When retailers had not had compliance checks in a while, they seem to have been unconcerned about the actual sales to minors, but rather, the consequences of getting caught selling alcohol to minors.”

McIntyre said that the sheriff’s department would like to perform more compliance checks in the future.

ADACT Coordinator Lori Jacques said she was surprised by the results of the recent sting.

“Looking at some of the comments made by the clerks, I was very surprised,” she said. “We have not had a sting in awhile, but the number of businesses is so high.”

As part of a 5-year $600,000 federal grant, Jacques said that the ADACT can help pay for training for any business that wants their employees to be prepared if a minor attempts to purchase alcohol.

“With our grant we are able to do a countywide training service,” she said. “The service is called tips or tams training.”

Jacques said that the ADACT will cover the entire cost for the training. She added that training may cost around $50 per person.

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Great job ACSD!

Shame on the retailers who sold to the minors! Shame Shame Shame on you!!

Friday, April 8, 2011 | Report this

What a waste of time, effort and my tax dollars!!! Nowhere else in the world are the police agencies as corrupt and inefficient as in this country. All nonsense like this does is showcase how little the Sheriff's department has to do, or worse, to underscore how much contempt they have for citizens when they can waste time on this stuff. They need to be out on patrol in their cars throughout the county making an appearance or, better yet, get off their fat duffs and out of the car, walking around the towns and villages saying "hi, any problems?" Totally useless endeavor, this is. I have lived in Europe and Africa and if you can see over the counter, you can buy beer. A kid here can go off and defend his country and not be able to buy beer.

Friday, April 8, 2011 | Report this

I feel Europe and Africa would be glad to have you back there. Do you need money for airfare? I am very glad the ACSD is out there trying to do something to stop the underage drinking. No matter what they do someone is not going to be happy. It would seem those who approve of underage drinking would be someone against it.

Friday, April 8, 2011 | Report this

I hope the Arenac publishes the names of the places and people who thinks it is okay to sell to minors.I for one will not be going to those places any more. How will training help when these people already know the law and had no problem breaking it?

Sunday, April 10, 2011 | Report this

You know what. People don't set out to purposely sell to a minor. I for one am one of those people who sold and yes shame on me...I have 2 little kids at home and definitely would not approve of someone selling to them. Do I think we should be punished..sure But for people to post crap and accuse ALL of us for deliberatley doing it is wrong and VERY judgmental. I have worked this job for over 9 years and NEVER and I mean NEVER sold to a minor before nor justify anyone doing it. But at the end of the day I am human and boy did I make a mistake and I am literally paying for it. I got confused by the years of alcohol and tobacco and oh my god why not tar and feather ALL OF US.! If the state is so concerned with us messing up and selling to minors make it mandatory for all businesses to have the ID swipe...So don't presume to judge us for selling and accuse us all of not doing our job better...Not all of us can have office jobs where people run around and do our job for us!

Sunday, April 10, 2011 | Report this

Don't those under 21 have a vertical license? Seriously, there's no excuse. If you can't tell the difference between the licenses maybe you're working the wrong job. And go get your eyes checked.

Sunday, April 10, 2011 | Report this

Yes they do and unless you have ever worked a gas station or any other job selling alcohol you have no idea what went down! don't pass judgement because I am so sure all you people are far from perfect. I made a mistake and you know what I have good eye sight. I resigned my position at that store because I felt bad. I didn't do my job as good as I have in the past. I know that and I can almost guareentee all you people up here posting smack are those parents who let their children drink as long as it's at home... you don't know me at all if you did I would say freedom of speech fine say what you want but you have never met me a day in your life so don't pass judgment on me. I am a good person and yes Imade a mistake. I have worked there for 9 yrs anmd NEVER have I EVER had a minor come in and attempt to buy from me...WHY because they know I know them...the only time people get busted is because the LAW sends people in to buy and OH MY GOD this one time I made a mistake...You know what ONLY GOD CAN JUDGE so maybe you should leave it up to him! Good day!

Monday, April 11, 2011 | Report this

Never ceases to amaze me how some people respond when they are caught with their hand in the cookie jar.

It is always some one elses fault. I am sure a defense could be made that it is the State of Michigan's fault because they didn't send someone to sit buy the clerk and read the ID's for them.

The posters on this site must have all furnished alcohol to their children to take the pressure off of the accused. Yes that must be it.

It is society's fault that many have office jobs with others doing their work for them. This statement isn't judgmental? Shame on those officer workers for staying in school, studing hard and trying to better their life. How awful!

The same ole always sorry when they are finally caught. Yes must be someone elses fault and those who are upset with those who furnished the alcohol must have done the same thing to children too. Yeah right!

What exactly does "posting smack" mean? I never learned this term in school. But again I NEVER gave alcohol to minors, NEVER, EVER!

Monday, April 11, 2011 | Report this

LOL you're right it was judgemental I apologize but isn't that what all of you are doing is passing judgement. I never shifted the blame on anyone else I accepted the blame I DID IT. And you know what, I am in college bettering my life. I agree, having the ASCD is great for our state. I never said otherwise. I simply said none of you people know me at all so don't judge me. I feel bad for what I have done because I have never done it before. I am not asking for sympathy at all. I am just asking all of you people to knock off your snarky remarks..because heaven forbid one of your kids or grandkids are put in this situation that i have caused for myself...maybe then you will all back off and understand what the heck actually went down. I don't know what was going thru everyone else's mind when they sold I only know what went thru mine and selling to a minor was the last thing....and you know what tar and feather me if the buyer was 18 or 19...but I made a damn mistake because the buyer was 4 months shy of 21 and got confused. So please everyone stop passing judgement on me.

Monday, April 11, 2011 | Report this

ACSD is our Sheriff's department, it is a county enity, not a state enity. I feel all these involved are very lucky that this was only a sting, because this could of been a lot worse. If you were a parent who buried their child from someone selling or giving alcohol to that child causing their death from an accident or alcohol poisioning you would be on this site complaining about what these clerks did too.

A few months ago a man provides alcohol to 11 and 12 year olds, now 11 retailers selling to minors.

What will be next?

Monday, April 11, 2011 | Report this

if a person is so confused they don't know what month it is, then they shouldn't be in a position to be selling alcohol. mistakes like this cause deaths. plain and simple.

Monday, April 11, 2011 | Report this

WHOOOOOOO!!!!!!!! STERLING BARS!! BOOOOO!!!! EVERYWHERE ELSE!!

Monday, April 11, 2011 | Report this

**spanky** You're right. If people would have worded themselves like that I wouldn't have felt the need to defend myself. I agree with you when you put it like that. However, I am not even in that same category as those who sell and keep feeding booze to kids to cause their death. I made a mistake and my boss wasn't going to punish me...which is why I quit I failed to do my job properly and where there is one mistake made another will follow and I wasn't going to take that chance, so I quit! I am not a bad person by any means and I agree with everyone. But the judging will come from the judge and I will take what he gives me because I do deserve it. I never disputed that.

Monday, April 11, 2011 | Report this

Most people new this was going on , selling to minors. I am just glad we have people that will step up and put a stop to things that are wrong. Most people will just look the other way,do nothing thus allowing it to happen, and say it is not my problem. Like most things it is not a matter of right or wrong but who you know. Then when people get caught they complain not fair how they were caught.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011 | Report this

Do you people not know how to read or something I am not complaining I got caught nor am I complaining about them doing their job. Good for them! I would bust people too if I was in their shoes. All I am saying is DO NOT PUT ME in the category as a bartender who over serves people and puts them on the road. I made a mistake sold a 24 oz beer to someone after id'ing and reading it wrong. Oh my GOD! It's not even worth trying to defend myself anymore none of you are god or the law so take all of your snarky smug holier than thou comments and write a damn article about that

Tuesday, April 12, 2011 | Report this

The drivers license for someone under 21 is vertical, not horizontal as is a license is for someone over 21. You don't have to know how to read to see that, so claiming to have read the date wrong isn't a viable excuse.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011 | Report this

well you don't know what I was thinking I looked at his licnse and actually said to myself after looking at the sticker ok he is old enough I looked at 93 year not 90 and instantly got confused and said ok I've sold to people before with vertical license and compared it to the year and the minute he walked out the door I realized I have never sold alcohol to someone whos ID was vertical only tobacco. And at that point I couldnt go out after him cuz I made the sale and like liquor control has told us once a sale is made its made even if the buyer is still in our parking lot because trust me I would have chased him down the minute those doors opened and he walked out! I knew I did wrong I KNEW I did wrong. But for people to base my character based on a STUPID STUPID mistake is wrong. I agree with everyone I deserve to be punished absolutely but this mistake does not make me a bad person. If I honestly believed I didn't do anything wrong I wouldn't have quit my job. I do not want to go thru this court and people belittling my character based on 1mistake made by me!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011 | Report this

*JJBROWNIE28* I applude you at least you can admit you were wrong and you feel bad about it thus you quit your job cause you made a MISTAKE....then you have these people on here bashing you for NO reason at all....at least you can admit you did wrong you made a mistake and should be punished for it that there my friend is a true person whos not a coward!!!! im sure if it was one of these people who were in your position they would be b!tchin and complaining saying it wasnt thier fault....not all the clerks or bartenders met to sell to these minors i know one who accidently sold to a 20 year old because it was extremely busy that night....when you have that much business and people left and right asking for drinks things can become confusing and you can make a MISTAKE....and as for the IDs i know some people who have just turned 21 and still have the vertical ID which you would have to read the date on it the part that says under 21 until....so yes it can be confusing and if your ID does not expire until lets say 2013 and your 21 well then thats when people will read one and make sure yes granted most places does not take them even if they are 21 but some places do....so until the person who is 21 can go get a horizontal ID which takes about 2 weeks to get then that shouldnt stop them from being able to buy alcohol as long as people check the under 21 date....so all you people who are bashing on JJBROWNIE28 just stop kind of reminds me of highschool drama with the way you are going at someone you DO NOT know....she admitted she was wrong she paid the consequnces and knows she deserves to get punished so really back off of her....because im sure you would make a mistake like that one time to if you were working in a bar or gas station store ect....you are NOT perfect NO ONE is and like she said you are not GOD or the law so stop judging because honestly there is only one man who can judge someone and that is GOD!!!! this is just my opinion it makes me sick to see all of you bashing her just because she made ONE MISTAKE out of her 9 years working at the gas station its not like she sells to minors everyday so please just stop with the bashing because frankly its very childish....like i said this is just my opinion

Wednesday, April 13, 2011 | Report this

Some people might think this is a small deal why bother. After all a 20 year old can hold a job, start a family even fight in a war why can't they have a beer? We can debate this one all day but one fact you can not debate is if after leaving a bar if this 20 yr old gets in an accident and kills somebody you can count on somebody getting sued and probably going to jail. This is why businesses that deal with age restrictions must follow the rules and if they do not they must be held accountable. Looking the other way and not doing anything is not acceptable.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011 | Report this

*THANK YOU TRINA23*

Wednesday, April 13, 2011 | Report this

*JJBROWNIE28* YOU ARE VERY WELCOME!!!! it just makes me sick that people have nothing better to do then to bash people when they have done wrong and ADMITS it!!!! most people would have never did what you did that was awesome and very couragous and at least you stand your ground!!!!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011 | Report this

Did you ever stop to think trina23 that maybe those of us have lost loved ones to underage drinking and want it to stop? Did you ever think that just maybe there are those of us on this board who have experienced the pain from a drinking related death? Maybe there are those of us that would really love to talk to our loved one, but that isn't a possibility because someone made a little simple mistake and sold to a minor?

R.I.P. my friend I am still missing you even after all these years!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011 | Report this

You know what I agree with you. But I am not "those people" who sold to them and caused their death so to blantantly take out your loss for someone else's carelessness on me is understandable but wrong! It's over I am sorry for your loss and yeah maybe people like me that made a simple mistake could have avoided it by not selling....don't presume to pass judgment on all of us for something 1 person did....again I am sorry for your loss and don't know what you have been thru nor will I ever again put myself in that position to cause someone like you pain! That isn't me! So I ask everyone to stop this because no one is right and no one is wrong. And all these opinions are causing nothing more than people to drag on their losses nad relive it! So everyone please STOP!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011 | Report this

anyone that provides alcohol to minors either by a mistake or intentional is doing just that and nothing else-providing alcohol to a minor.

no amount of explaining it away will make a difference.

mistakes causes death and injury. eddie kedron should of gone to jail for years so he could never hurt another child, but he got a few weeks. the parents of the children who didn't provide adequate supervision should of been in jail too.

these 11 will probably get the same if not less. hope these stings happen on a monthy basis.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011 | Report this

well maybe you should all get together and tell Sting to do their job better...well I'm sure you'll read all about it!!!!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011 | Report this

That would be the last comment from me...maybe everyone should just quit posting stuff now or comments because in the long run it's going to cause a lawsuit! There is a huge difference between truth and getting your point thru which is what we all did and being just plain ignorant!!!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011 | Report this

Who is Eddie Kedron???

Wednesday, April 13, 2011 | Report this

*JJBROWNIE28* he is the man who bought the alchohol for all those 11 and 12 year olds but honestly i didnt see you all complaining about him after the gibson and juanz (or whatever his last name is) came out you all were to wrapped up in that yes its sad they attempted to rob a old person (no offense) but honestly these 11 and 12 year olds could have DIED i know a person whos kid was involved in it and she is very lucky she didnt die because when they breathalized her yea lets just say alcohol poisioning and stomache pumped....but no that wasnt important to anyone after the gibson and juanz case came out....why is that???? seems like you didnt care about our childrens saftey back then and then there is now 28 comments on here about clerks selling to minors....one way or another kids will get alcohol....so really there is no point in arguing about this....i have lost loved ones of all ages due to drunk accidents but what are we going to do i mean honestly how are WE gonna stop these children from drinking???? we can try all we want but one way or another they will find a way if they really want to drink....i know i was there once and its easier now a days for kids then it was back when i was in highschool....

Wednesday, April 13, 2011 | Report this

I agree with you 100%. And to be honest I guess I don't really watch news or read much because I have never heard of any of these guys before except for the guy buying alcohol for 11 and 12 yr olds and I was disgusted with him too so I see everyones point about all this I really do! I am sorry if I offended people about my comments, even those on here who "accused me of being like the ones who sold to their love ones resulting in their death". I am sorry for everybodys loses and I lost my uncle when he was 10 yrs old for the same thing...I agree! I hate what I did but I DID THE RIGHT THING and I quit my job to avoid being one of those people. I am still getting in trouble for this and quitting my job isn't easing up on my guilt because I could have been that one person that made the difference. And I don't like that! I quit because with me not working there means one less person to make that error again. I hope everyone can understand that!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011 | Report this

Congratulations to our law enforcement AGAIN. As a parent I like the idea of STINGS. As a clerk in a gas station....It is something that is on my mind everytime I sell alcohol. I do check ID and have had alot of compliments from women when I ask. I ask because 1. It is required by law.. 2. My job requires it. If I am caught selling, I am terminated . If my employer kept me on because it was a "mistake", then I didn't do my job right for myself and my emloyer. Everyone involved gets fined. If the store gets caught to many times, their License is then in jepordy. My question is to JJBROWNIE28 is " How do you know you never sold to a minor in 9 years?" I don't mean this as disrespectful, but do you check everyone that comes through the door that looks underage? Because I have questioned it many times.....Yes I have caught minors trying to buy and then again I have carded people that look 25 or older who were minors. It is hard for clerks especially when they are busy, and I agree.EVERY store should have a swiper on their registers, but that does not always work, so you have to punch in the numbers, so whether you have a swiper or not.....CHECK ID. Age and that the picture matches that person. Again thanks to the law enforcement for doing their job. I feel safe when I see you come into our store and ask if everything is ok. It also shows minors that the police are around and you never know when they will "pop" in. GOOD JOB GUYS

Thursday, April 14, 2011 | Report this

I do I check everybodys I'ds the only exception is if they are waaay over 21 or I have Id'd before. I work at a small gas station so I'm not like forwards up in standish where u have diff faces everyday everyone in my store are locals and regulars so I know everybody! I am 110% sure i've never sold to a minor...But I have NEVER had that sick feel to my stomach the second he walked out the door I knew I f*ed up bad. I agree it is a GREAT thing sting is around doing this. Like I have said before I have 2 little girls at home and if anyone every bought for them or sold to them I would be like everyone else on here arguing the same point. I know arguing my point across isn't a "VIABLE" excuse but there are no excuses to truth, only truth. I say one thing on here and it gets twisted such as I made a mistake and then people come back with people like u cause kids deaths...to me that is very wrong. I am still human and people do far worse out there than what I did! So to answer your question I check everybodys I'ds and sometimes I will check it twice on diff days because I don't remember their age. I am thourough but this one time which is all it takes I messed up

Thursday, April 14, 2011 | Report this

.............WHAT?

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