LAWRENCEVILLE - Nearly three dozen businesses in Gwinnett County recently sold alcohol to minors, police said.
The Gwinnett County Police Department's Vice Unit conducted an operation during the week of May 14 in which people under the age of 21 who were not carrying picture identification attempted to purchase alcohol from establishments such as gas stations, grocery stores and restaurants, police spokesman Cpl. Darren Moloney said.
Of the 213 locations checked for compliance, 35 received citations for selling alcohol to minors, Moloney said.
"This was not a test to see if store employees could recognize fraudulent information," Moloney said in a news release. "The object was to see if store employees would comply with county and state law and check identification to see if the alcoholic beverages could be sold."
Among the locations that were cited were two Publix locations in Lawrenceville, according to the release.
Brenda Reid, the media and community relations manager for Publix's Atlanta district, declined to comment on the citations but said employees are trained to ask for picture identification when a customer is purchasing alcohol. In addition, signs are posted and the cash register is programmed to remind cashiers to ask for identification, she said.
Cashiers who are familiar with customers who are purchasing alcohol can override a prompt that asks the employee to check identification, Reid said. Employees who violate the store's policies receive a counseling statement from a manager and receive additional training, and cashiers who further violate the polices receive further discipline, which can include being fired, she said.
The police department will attempt to suspend or revoke the liquor license of establishments that have a history of selling alcohol to minors, Moloney said.
The compliance checks will be conducted more frequently during the summer now that schools are no longer in session, Moloney said.
The stores that were issued citations are as follows:
•Braselton Food Mart, 1955 Ga. Highway 324, Dacula
•Citgo, 2733 Ga. Highway 124, Dacula
•Doug's Groceries, 2182 Harbins Road, Dacula
•Eckerd Pharmacy, 1941 Auburn Road, Dacula
•Ingles, 1221 Dacula Road, Dacula
•Kroger, 2700 Ga. Highway 124, Dacula
•Wal-Mart, 3250 Sardis Church Road, Dacula
•Marathon Food Mart, 7066 Ga. Highway 23, Doraville
•Citgo, 4025 Satellite Blvd., Duluth
•Joe's Crab Shack, 1590 Pleasant Hill Road, Duluth
•Amoco Food Mart, 2585 Cruse Road, Lawrenceville
•Chevron Friendly Food, 1850 U.S. Highway 29, Lawrenceville (received two citations)
•Chevron Food Mart, 2700 U.S. Highway 29, Lawrenceville
•Circle M Food Shop, 291 Old Peachtree Road, Lawrenceville
•Eckerd Pharmacy, 1097 Ga. Highway 120, Lawrenceville
•Kroger, 950 Herrington Road, Lawrenceville
•Publix, 2380 Ga. Highway 20, Lawrenceville
•Publix, 1030 Old Peachtree Road, Lawrenceville
•Super Stop, 2429 U.S. Highway 29, Lawrenceville
•Burns Food Mart, 505 Pleasant Hill Road, Lilburn
•Citgo, 925 Indian Trail Road, Lilburn
•Eckerd Pharmacy, 4101 Five Forks-Trickum Road, Lilburn
•Shell, 915 Indian Trail Road, Lilburn
•Shell Food Mart, 5474 Five Forks-Trickum Road, Lilburn
•Shell Food Mart, 490 Pleasant Hill Road, Lilburn
•Chevron, 6399 Spalding Drive, Norcross
•Citgo, 1804 Beaver Ruin Road, Norcross
•Citgo, 3425 Medlock Bridge Road, Norcross
•Sunny Food Mart, 4840 Jimmy Carter Blvd., Norcross
•Texaco Food Mart, 6360 Jimmy Carter Blvd., Norcross
•Village Mart, 5175 S. Old Peachtree Road, Norcross
•Ingles, 3303 Ga. Highway 124, Snellville
•Quick Pick Food Mart, 3490 Ga. Highway 124, Snellville
•Shell Stop and Shop, 4196 Annistown Road, Snellville
•Pacer Fuel, 4725 Ga. Highway 20, Sugar Hill