Crime

March 20, 2014

Six clerks, Kershaw businesses cited for selling alcohol to underage

Six Kershaw County businesses and clerks were cited Wednesday for selling alcohol to underage customers.

Six Kershaw County businesses and clerks were cited Wednesday for selling alcohol to underage customers.

The Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office’s undercover operation used underage individuals to try to buy alcohol at 24 establishments. They were successful at a quarter of the businesss.

Citations were given to the BP service station in Elgin, the Food Lion in Lugoff, Youngs in Lugoff, Walmart in Camden, Plums in Lugoff and Somewhere in Lugoff.

Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said, in each of the 24 attempts, the customer presented their legitimate ID that clearly showed them to be underage. Some of the stores cited had ID verification equipment that was not used or was improperly used, according to a press release. One clerk did not ask for ID.

Each clerk was issued a fine of $672.50, which will be adjudicated in magistrate’s court.

The fine against the store’s license is $500 for the first offense, $1000 for the second and $1500 for the third, with suspension of the beer and wine license for up to 45 days. The violations are handled by the S.C. Department of Revenue.

“The purpose of these undercover operations is solely to keep stores from selling alcohol to our teenagers,” said Matthews in a statement. “That we continue to make cases against stores that sell alcohol is very troubling.”

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