F’ville cops bust 5 store workers for underage alcohol sales

It really doesn’t pay to sell alcohol to underage buyers. That is what the clerks at five Fayetteville convenience stores found out Nov. 26. All were arrested after selling to an underage buyer who was working with Fayetteville Police. The good news is that seven other stores refused to make the sale.

Department spokesperson Det. Mike Whitlow said the underage buyer worked with members of the Fayetteville Police Criminal Investigations Unit and the Fayetteville Police Warrant Unit as they conducted Special Operation Beer Buy 2010.

“This operation used an underage informant to attempt to purchase alcohol from the 12 convenience stores in the city. The informant was successful in those attempts in five of those 12 stores,” Whitlow said.

Whitlow said the purchases were made during the late evening and nighttime hours.

The stores and employees charged with selling alcohol included Vikki Kelly at Thomas BP on North Glynn Street, Nisar Rana at Star BP on North Glynn Street, Daljit Sahney at the Village Market on North Glynn Street, Musharaf Khan at the Pit Stop North/Phillips 66 on North Glynn Street and Kelly Martin at Grady BP on West Lanier Avenue.

Commenting on the operation, Whitlow said he was surprised that so many stores were willing to sell alcohol without any identification being shown. Whitlow also said it was to the credit of the other stores for refusing the sale after asking for identification.

Whitlow said his department conducts similar operations around the city and has made arrests on previous occasions. The Nov. 26 operation also coincided with complaints from area residents that underage sales were occurring.

Viewed from the broader aspects of the consequences of selling to underage buyers, Whitlow said officers are always concerned with the number of cases involving minors possessing alcohol.

“We’ve had a lot of this activity this year here and countywide. And we’re concerned about the incidence of DUI’s that often accompany possession,” Whitlow said. “This type of operation is one way to safeguard minors and the community.”

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UNDERAGE DRINKING CREATES LIFELONG ALCOHOLICS:

We already know of a genetic proclivity to drinking, if parents are alcoholics, and if the brain doesn't develop fully before the age of 25: this impairs a person to make mature decisions, as if they are stuck mentally in their development where they started drinking. We are to be vigilant and aggressive in these matters, if you know a place catering to minors or doing it out of their home, it is the same thing! I fully support the efforts of Fayetteville police. Working in the restaurant industry for 10yrs., this is a serious issue of accountability that as a society who cares for our young people should take seriously! I'm working on legislation for tougher laws regulating the hormonal content of food and drugs, and I would love your comments and support.

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Life Long Alky's

This new information that drinking before 25 is a cause for alcoholism. So I guess you are against going back to 18. You know the age the immature are able to make contracts, vote, join the military & carry a gun.

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Store bust in fayetteville

I can tell everyone one thing about this sting with the fayetteville PD. In one of the instances involving the young lady at the BP that was charged with selling alcohol to a minor (vikki kelly) the woman asked the guy for his ID i was there i heard it!!! The problem i have with it is that the other officers in the store (undercover) were causing a ruckus with being loud and obnoxious and she was not only alone but she had to deal with what was going on in the store at the time.She had a woman standing at the counter counting her change when this kid put the beer up there,she was having to watch the pumps,and deal with the lady that still had'nt left the counter yet,not to mention the obvious intention by the undercover officers to distract her.Im not condoning the fact she sold beer to a minor but 1st of all she did ask for his ID and 2nd if the police are going to do this they definately should'nt deliberately try to distract the cashier and take her attention away from what she was doing!! Granted she never did get his ID but how many times have we all been distracted by somthing or someone and lost our train of thought?I agree with the objective here with the PD but being there and seeing the way it happened i certainly don;t agree with their tactics to get it done!!! The fact that she had to go to jail is ridiculous,losing her job should have been plenty along with a ticket that will ultimately cost her into the 1000s of dollars with her likely being put on probation in a system that is set up for failure from the day she starts probation till the day she gets off.Please don't reply with what if that were your kid'Well i have a 19 year old so i understand the concept but not the punishment nor the way it was done!!!!!!!

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"I'm working on legislation for tougher laws regulating the hormonal content of food and drugs, and I would love your comments and support."

Who elected you Master?

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Does this underage person actually serve the drinks or

only take the orders? Some restuarants have underage servers who take the order and then have a legal aged person actually bring the drink to the table. This is entirely legal. I worked part-time some years ago in a PTC eating establishment that employed many under-aged servers. I was usually the only server of legal age so I ended up having to take all of their drinks to each of their tables. This got old pretty fast, as I had no time to take care of my own customers, so I quit. Evidently, this practice is still used here extensively.

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Takes and delivers orders

This server rings in the orders on the computer as I have personally witnessed and at times brings the drinks to the tables. She's even gone behind the bar to grab the beers she needs for her orders. When speaking with PCPD, they stated she is not legally permitted to even ring in the orders on the computer.

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Underage Sales

Maybe FVPD should look into helping PCPD bust restaurants selling alcohol without permits or to underage patrons. Kobe Japanese Steakhouse has a server under the age of 18 selling alcohol to her tables and PCPD has been made aware of it and all they say is that will keep that info on file...

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Come On Gal....

...Perhaps the kid is trying to save for college or maybe support a loved one.

Regardless, your post seems a bit high and mighty, but who am I to criticize a Baptist.

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I am Catholic for whatever that may matter. Regardless of whether the server is saving for college or not, if she doesnt check ID's and another server brings the alcohol and they get busted, the server who brings the alcohol also gets ticketed. And the post wasn't meant to be high and mighty, just meant to inform is all

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It is the individual servers that are fined (up to $350 in an instance that I am aware) and not necessarily the establishment.

Either way, our Police Department needs no incentive to further distance themselves from the youth of our city.

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Stupid Law!

Let's change it.
Old enough to work in a restaurant with a bar---old enough to carry the things to the table. The bar tender will give these young gals a drink anyway!