ABLE Checks Stores in Ponca City
Ponca City Now - October 3, 2014 4:38 pm
From the Ponca City Police Department
Recently tobacco and alcohol sales compliance checks were conducted in Kay County by the ABLE (Alcohol Beverage Law Enforcement) Commission and the Kay County Sheriff’s Office.
On Monday evening (September 30) underage customers were sent into convenience stores in Ponca City and attempted to purchase tobacco products. One sale out of nine attempts to purchase tobacco were made by a customer under the age 18. The clerk at the Short Stop located at 400 East South Avenue sold tobacco to a person under the age of 18.
The same evening customers under the age of 21 were successful in making purchases of beer at four of nine convenience stores in Ponca City. Those stores where the clerk did not sell beer when a person underage attempted a purchase were: On Cue located at 1613 West South Avenue, Highland Spirits at 510 W Highland, South Avenue Liquor at 1301 East South Avenue, Stop N Go located at 801 South 14th and Short Stop at 400 East South Avenue. Store clerks were issued district court citations for selling to minors at the Short Stop located at 200 E Highland, Stop N Go at 2911 North Union, Triple T at 425 South 14th and the Triple T at 201 West Hartford.
An alcohol sale to an underage customer was made in Tonkawa at North Main Liquor. The licensing paperwork was not in order for the business and the store was closed by ABLE.
We regularly work with several different groups and surrounding agencies to check compliance by retailers on both tobacco and alcohol. We appreciate the cooperative efforts of the Kay County Sheriff’s Office, OSU Prevention Programs, and the ABLE Commission to address this issue in our community. These are not just legal issues, they are community health issues that affect everyone.