On Tuesday, January 31st, the Lee’s Summit Police Department conducted its quarterly liquor control “sting” operation within the city. The operation targeted retail establishments responsible for following municipal and state law regarding the sale of alcohol to minors. A total of twenty-five businesses were checked, with six clerks being cited for an illegal sale.
During the operation an underage decoy will enter the business and attempt to purchase alcohol while wearing recording equipment to verify actions of both the decoy and business clerk. The business clerk plays an important role in preventing underage alcohol consumption by completing one task, verifying the age of the purchaser. If the business clerk refuses to sell then management receives a letter congratulating them on the appropriate action of their employee.
If an illegal sale is made a detective with the Special Investigative Unit will enter the business after the decoy exits and issue a citation for the sale of alcohol to a minor. The clerk has the primary responsibility for verifying age which is why they receive the citation and not the business. If repeated violations do occur at a particular business Missouri State Liquor Control may initiate disciplinary action against the businesses liquor license.
Citations were issued to store clerks at stores in the 1200 block of SW Arborwalk (Meiners), 300 block of SW Ward Road (Rush Hour), 3300 block of SW 3rd St. (Phillips 66), 900 block of NW Chipman Road (Presto), 300 block of SE 3rd Street (Conoco) and the 300 block of SE M-291 Highway (Circle K).