Local liquor stores see uptick in fake IDs from S.C. - WKRN News 2

Local liquor stores see uptick in fake IDs from S.C.

Posted: Updated: Jul 02, 2014 11:20 PM

Brentwood liquor store owners and employees are taking matters into their own hands, cracking down on underage drinking.

Brentwood Wine and Spirits has a plaque near a cash register with all the fake IDs they have confiscated.

All of them are South Carolina driver's licenses.

Employees said the identification cards look legitimate, but when they noticed more teens using them who looked underage, they started asking questions.

Now, if they notice similar IDs, they ask for another form of identification or ask them to tell them their address.

If the information doesn't match and they can't supply another form of identification, employees threaten to call police and confiscate the ID.

“We don’t want to be selling to minors, have them out drinking and driving or hurting somebody or something like that. It’s just the right thing to do,” said Scott Douglas, a Brentwood Wine & Spirits employee.

Employees told News 2 the goal is to keep teens safe and to protect their business.

Eddie Moon, the owner of Moon Wine and Spirits, is cracking down, too.

He said he learned about the South Carolina fake IDs from Brentwood Wine and Spirits and now is starting to confiscate them as well.

“If you are not 21, don’t come in to buy because it’s not going to happen,” said Moon.

Owners at both stores said they have not filed police reports.

The Brentwood Police Chief told News 2 the business owners are acting appropriately, but he would like for the incidents to be reported.

Mark Hutchins, the Chief Law Enforcement Officer with the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission, said fines for serving alcohol to a minor is $1,500 for a first offense.

He said any other offense could lead to a suspension or a revocation hearing of the business' license.

As of Tuesday, state law requires everyone, no matter what age, to show identification when buying liquor.

Brentwood police conduct random alcohol compliance checks. Their last was in conjunction with Franklin police in December, 2013.

They went to 19 businesses, 10 in Franklin and nine in Brentwood, and found three businesses, all in Brentwood, had sold alcohol to minors.

Judge Bean’s on Church St., Chili’s on Creekside Crossing, and Cozymel’s on Moores Lane were all cited. Police said they are now operating normally.

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