Spring Break Sting Operation Will Target Hundreds Of Texas Businesses

AUSTIN (February 20, 2013)—The Texas Alcoholic Beverage commission will target bars, restaurants, grocery stores and convenience stores in a spring break sting operation, in which undercover minors will attempt to purchase alcohol.

The sting will target about 600 retailers where minors under the supervision of TABC agents will attempt to purchase alcoholic beverages.

Retail employees who sell to the minor will be issued a criminal citation and the business will face an administrative charge.

Selling alcohol to a minor is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by fines up to $4,000 and up to a year in jail and the retailer's alcohol permit could be canceled.

"Retail locations in Texas play a major role in helping to promote public safety during special events and holidays like Spring Break. It is important for retailers to work with their staff to ensure that they know and understand how to check IDs and methods to prevent the sale of alcoholic beverages to anyone under the age of 21," said Robert Saenz, chief of field operations for the TABC.

"Preventing the sale of alcoholic beverages to youth can have a major impact on the underage drinking issues throughout the community."