ABLE and APD investigate businesses for alcohol compliance

By: Helen Headlee Email
By: Helen Headlee Email

Ardmore police and ABLE--or the Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement Commission--found that 14 Ardmore businesses out of the 49 they visited today sold alcohol to minors.

ABLE senior agent Erik Smoot said this is the perfect time to make the rounds.

"We've got prom coming up and then graduation so this is a time of year we know minors will be drinking even more than normal," Smoot said.

ABLE sent 5 volunteers under the age of 21 into the stores to buy alcohol. They present their state-issued ID with their real date-of-birth on it if asked for it.

One volunteer, who wished to remain anonymous, said sometimes those IDs were ignored.

"Because they looked at our IDs, I don't know why you would look at our IDs and then still serve us," said the volunteer.

The investigation showed that out of 21 restaurants 4 served to minors and out of 28 convenience stores 10 sold. All but one establishment sold low point beer, which resulted in a warning from Ardmore PD.The restaurant that sold liquor to a minor could be charged with a felony.

Smoot said testing these businesses can prevent tragedy.

"I would much rather test a business tonight and make sure they don't sell to a minor than get called out tonight in the middle of the night because there was a crash and a 16- or 17-year old kid got killed on the highway," he said.

The investigation hasn't finished yet. It will continue another day this week to test bars and liquor stores. So far here are the businesses that Senior Agent Smoot said got caught selling alcohol to minors. They will be updated as they're found out.

Restaurants:

-Casa Romo
-Edamame
-Applebees
-Sporting News

Convenience Stores:

CONOCO PROMART
CLARKS DERBY SVC
LOVE’S STORE
KANG’S FOOD STORE
RAINFOREST
KARRY OUT KORNER
WAG A BAG
EZ FOOD STORES INC/VALERO
LOVE’S TRAVEL STOP
SHELL
E-Z SHOP FOOD STORE/VALERO
BUDGET FUEL PRO MART


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