Goodlettsville Clerks Caught Selling Alcohol To Underage Buyers
by Marcus Washington
GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. - Two store clerks were busted by undercover officers with the Goodlettsville Police Department for selling beer to people under the age of 21 during an undercover beer buy.
It's not uncommon to find people walking into a convenience store to grab a beverage, it is however uncommon that the purchase is illegal.
"This time we concentrated on the Goodlettsville area and we partnered with Goodlettsville Police Department," said Nashville Prevention Partnership Executive Director, DeWayne Holman.
For six years, Nashville Prevention Partnership has worked with police departments across Middle Tennessee to keep underage people from being able to easily purchase alcohol.
Holman said on Friday, Nashville Prevention Partnership and Goodlettsville police joined forces for uncover compliance checks.
"We went out to 18 stores, of which two sold; one on the Davidson County side, one on the Sumner County side," he said.
One of two stores was the Citgo on Louisville Highway and the second was the Shell Gas Station on Rivergate Parkway.
The manager and owner of this Shell gas station at 703 Rivergate Parkway said she did not want to go on camera, but she told NewsChannel 5, the cashier who works the night shift made and honest mistake.
She said they are not in the business of selling to underage drinkers looking to make a profit. She also said she, too, has children and she would not want anyone to sell them alcohol illegally.
Holman said the ideal goal is to have zero percent of the cashiers selling to people under the age of 21, but until that happens, the mission will continue, "with as little possibility of having addition issues and things of that nature. That is why we do what we do."
Both the store owner and the person who sold the beer illegally have been given a citation by police; the owner of the store also faces a fine.
The stores' owners could be forbidden to sell alcohol for a short time as part of the punishment.