An 18-year-old girl helped police and an area nonprofit bust stores selling booze to minors.
The girl, who is a member of the Junior Police Academy and with her mother's permission, took a $20 bill into stores to purchase a four-pack of wine coolers.
And five stores sold to her on her first day. The sixth store was closed. She and her mother were stunned by how easy it was for her to purchase alcohol.
One store clerk even checked the teen's driver's license.
"I had a lady ask me for my ID. She looked at it and said, 'OK.' And then she rung me up," the teen said.
For the past month, the KCK Police Department and Mirror Inc. Regional Prevention Center have been targeting liquor, convenience and grocery stores selling alcohol to minors.
"Unfortunately, juveniles are getting access to alcohol and a lot of times we are wondering how and where it came from," KCK police Sgt. Victor Webb said.
Donna Criss with the Regional Preventing Center said the state provided funding for the sting. She said she was surprised by the results and hope it sends a clear message to retailers.
"Card everyone. If you are in doubt, make them pull that ID out," she said.
The center said 61 stores were checked in Wyandotte County over the past month. Of those, 25 were caught selling liquor to minors and were cited. In a second round of checks, four stores again sold booze to a minor.
The management of two stores fired their clerks immediately for selling to minors.
In addition to facing a fine, stores cited for selling to minors will have that as part of their record when they seek renewal of their liquor license.
Retailers who passed the sting were given a card thanking them for abiding by the law and regularly carding youth.
The police department asked KCTV5 not to identify the stores involved.
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