Four businesses sold beer to an underage person during a compliance check at 19 local businesses last week, Anderson County Sheriff Paul White said in a Tuesday afternoon press release.
The Anderson County Sheriff’s Department conducted the compliance checks at local businesses that sell beer on Wednesday, Feb. 13, with help from Allies for Substance Abuse Prevention of Anderson County, or ASAP, a press release said.
It said three of the four businesses that sold beer to the underage person did not check identification showing the person to be under 21 and the fourth did but sold beer anyway.
According to the press release, the four businesses were Archer’s Food Center in Norris, La Sierra Mexican Restaurant in Andersonville, Marathon in Lake City, and Riverview Grill in Clinton.
Three of the four clerks who sold beer to the underage purchasers have been cited to court, the release said. One clerk was a juvenile, and the Anderson County District Attorney General’s Office is being consulted before charges are filed, the release said. The beer permit holders will be brought before the respective beer boards for Anderson County, Lake City, and Norris.
“Businesses who checked for identification and did not sell beer are to be commended and recognized for their efforts,” the release said.
All of the following businesses checked for identification and did not sell beer to the underage purchaser:
- Clinton—Fast Lap/Town Talk, Mack’s Discount/Marathon
- Oliver Springs—Food City, Lee’s Food Mart/Phillips 66, Norwood Marathon, Raceway, Rite Aid
- Lake City—Exxon, Fast Track/Marathon, Pilot, Shell, Volunteer Express
- Andersonville—Sawyer Boys Spirits, Tobacco Depot.
For more information on preventing underage drinking, visit www.ASAPofAnderson.org.