13 of 14 businesses sold alcohol to minor in decoy operation

SEBASTOPOL (KRON) — Thirteen businesses sold alcohol to an underage police decoy during a minor decoy operation in Sebastopol on Sunday evening.

During the operation, police instructed an 18-year-old man to try to purchase alcohol at fourteen businesses throughout Sebastopol, using a valid, borrowed ID of a 26-year-old man, according to police.

All but one of the fourteen businesses sold alcohol to the minor, police said.

No arrests wee made during the operation, but after each attempt, officers spent time with the employee and manager to discuss best practices for checking ID, police said.

Officers advised the employees to ensure that an ID is not false, that it is valid, and that the photo matches the person who is attempting to purchase alcohol.

Of the fourteen employees that officers spoke with, only two employees had attended Responsible Beverage Service (RBS) training, a free training provided by the Sonoma County Department of Health Services. The trainings, which are open to anyone who registers, are held at various locations throughout the county. Spanish trainings are also available, police said.

RBS training provides information on state of local laws, liability for the employee and the business, skills training on how to identify a false ID, how to prevent alcohol sales to minors, refusing alcohol sales, and what to do in the event of intoxication, according to police.

Police recommend that owners, managers and employees who sell or serve alcohol, take the opportunity to participate in RBS training.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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