Convenience store clerks busted in undercover alcohol sting

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - At least four convenience store clerks were busted Friday for selling beer to an underage girl.

A 19 year old the girl worked undercover with a special team of police officers to buy the alcohol.

The teenaged informant named Addie, went to stores throughout North Charleston.

"I'm going to be going in, buying alcohol underage and seeing if they sell it to me," Addie said.

"Having worked night shift for many years I see what alcohol causes people to do and these are older, wiser people. Younger people have even more of a problem with alcohol," said Sgt. Darin Cobb, who leads the team that conducted the undercover sting.

With her actual identification in hand, Addie went inside several stores to try to buy booze.

It's not the first time she's done this.

"Some people have the chart back there and they know people born in '92 are too young, but half the time they just give it right back to me and still sell me the alcohol," she explained.

With our cameras rolling we were about to find out.

The first few places, the clerks said no.

But when she walked into a Hess store on Dorchester Road, the clerk there sold Addie a single can of beer.

The clerk was issued a ticket and his boss told us he would be fired.

Addie then was able to buy a 12 pack of beer at a Kangaroo store on Remount Road.

The clerk there also got a ticket.

We went inside to ask her why she sold beer to the teen.

"I'm not talking," the clerk replied.

The ticket for selling alcohol to minors is $470.

Police issued citations to only two of the 15 convenience stores where the teen tried to buy beer.

Cops say that's a good sign most of the stores are obeying the law.

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