Bravo Farms in Kettleman City ran into trouble after the Kings County Sheriff’s Office allegedly caught an employee selling alcohol to a decoy miner.
According to a KCSO press release, MPs and agents from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) have teamed up to conduct a minor decoy operation in Kings County.
The minor luring program uses supervised individuals under the age of 20 who attempt to purchase alcohol from licensed premises. Any sale of alcohol to a minor lure may result in criminal charges and administrative penalties for both the employee and the licensee.
“The underage luring program has proven to be an effective tool in promoting responsible practices in the sale of alcoholic beverages by license holders, reducing drug addiction and improving community safety by restricting minors’ access to it. ‘alcohol,’ said KCSO spokesperson Sgt. Nate Ferrier wrote.
The team of KCSO MPs and ABC agents visited 17 retail establishments in Kings County and 16 of them were found to have used the correct protocol as the minor decoy was refused alcohol in every place. However, a violation occurred at Bravo Farms, and the employee was fined for selling alcohol to a minor.