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'Operation Kool-aid' busts dozen businesses for selling alcohol to minors
ESCAMBIA COUNTY -- A dozen stores were busted for selling alcohol to teenagers under the age limit.. Escambia County deputies along with the Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco busted 12 stores for allegedly selling to minors. It was an undercover investigation they called "Operation Kool-aid".
Deputies say the undercover informant came in and bought beer. They say he even showed an ID showing he was 18 but they sold it to him anyway. They hit stores all over the county, including stores on Gulf Beach Hwy, Lillian Hwy and Michigan avenue. 12 clerks sold beer to him. 5 didn't.
Christine Rodgers has two kids so it's important to her that deputies are making sure alcohol stays out of the hands of minors. She said, "I have a 15 year old and a 12 year old. That would concern me greatly, I don't think I have to worry about them but it would concern my greatly."
The clerks who sold the beer have been given citations and will soon go to court. The businesses face action from the Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco.
Businesses accused of selling to minors
Quick Food Mart at 436 Beverly Pkwy
EZ Save Food Store at 1500 Gulf Beach Hwy
Quick Fill at 2110 Gulf Beach Hwy
Shop n Go at 8701 Gulf Beach Hwy
Beacon store at 57 W Jackson
Happy 7 4901 at Lillian Hwy
T& K Food Mart at 7014 Lillian Hwy
Budget Foods at 10401 Chemstrand
Quicksill 400 at N Hwy 29
Michigan ave store at 2849 Michigan Ave
Penny Patch at 832 Michigan Ave