Monday, September 21, 2015

Oxford establishments busted selling booze to minors

Attorney General Jim Hood issued the following press release:

Attorney General's Office Alcohol & Tobacco Enforcement Division
Compliance Check Yields 13 Citations in Oxford for Selling Alcohol to Minors

Jackson, Miss.- The Mississippi Attorney General’s Alcohol & Tobacco Enforcement Division in conjunction with the Oxford Police Department conducted alcohol and beer compliance checks in Oxford resulting in the issuance of 13 citations for selling alcohol to minors.

"The safety of our young people is at the heart of this law. It states very simply that it is it is illegal in Mississippi to sell alcohol to anyone under the age of 21,” said Attorney General Jim Hood. “College is an exciting and very important part of life, and we have a responsibility to help young people have as safe of an environment as possible. I want our young people and our retailers to be fully aware that we will continue to strictly enforce our compliance checks statewide, especially in college towns”

"Our thanks to the Oxford Police Department for their outstanding assistance in this effort." Attorney General Hood also encouraged retailers to be proactive, saying, "The Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement Division provides training for staff and management of any retail establishment which sells alcohol. I urge business owners and managers to contact my office, and ask for on-site training. The lives of our children and loved ones are at risk whenever alcohol consumption and driving are mixed. Other dangers include binge or excessive drinking which can also result in overdose, an accident or injury. Retailers who are vigilant in following the law can significantly improve a safe environment for all."

In Oxford on September 17, the following businesses received citations when checked for compliance on selling alcohol to minors:

4 Corner Chevron 502 South Lamar Blvd VIOLATION

The Library 120 S. 11th St VIOLATION
The Burgundy Room 1112 Van Buren Ave VIOLATION
The Corner Bar 1002 Jackson Ave E 2 VIOLATIONS
Funkys 1012 Jackson Ave E 2 VIOLATIONS
Circle K #912 101 N Thacker Loop VIOLATION 2nd Offense w/in a year
Spot Store 1438 North Lamar Blvd VIOLATION 2nd Offense w/in a year
Levee of Oxford 1008 Jackson Ave 2 VIOLATIONS 2nd Offense w/in a year
Wards Short Stop 2502 Old Taylor Rd 2 VIOLATIONS 2nd Offense w/in a year

The following businesses in Oxford did not receive a citation when checked for compliance on selling alcohol to minors:

Double Quick #24 401 Jackson Ave
Three Way Store 1500 Old Hwy 7N
Texaco Express Shop 2018 University Ave
The Brittany Store 1903 Jackson Ave W
Lindseys Chevron 321 N Lamar
Lamar Express 1448 South Lamar Blvd

According to state law, any person selling beer to a person under the age of 21 years can face a fine of up to $500, up to six months in jail or both. Any place of business making a sale of beer to an underage person can be fined and/or suffer administrative charges. For a first offense, a retailer may be fined not less than $500 but not more than $1,000 and/or be prohibited from selling beer for three months. For a second offense occurring within 12 months of the first offense, a fine of not less than $500 but not more than $1,500 and be prohibited from selling beer for six months. For a third offense occurring within 12 months of the first offense, a fine of not less than $1,000 but not more than $5,000 and be prohibited from selling beer for one year.

Attorney General Hood concludes, “If you sell alcohol to anyone under the age of 21, you will pay a hefty fine to the State, and if you continue to sell you could lose your permit to sell. We appreciate the support and commitment of local law enforcement agencies, and I am certain that our combined efforts will vastly help reduce the sale of alcohol to underage drinkers,” said Attorney General Jim Hood.

During the past fiscal year, the Attorney General’s Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement Unit has conducted more than 6,000 compliance checks with 203 buys for a 3.28% buy rate across the state.


Anonymous said...

Certainly Jim Hood has some bigger fish to fry. Pissing off the Rebels is no way to win reelection.

Anonymous said...

I would be surprised if they weren't selling to minors, like every other college bar in America.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps he should remove his reelection signs from Lafayette County and place them somewhere he might get a vote!!!!!!!

Messick said...

The convenience stores should get off because the beer is warm anyway. Ice distribution is the biggest racket in Lafayette county.

Good chicken on a stick at the Lamar Express, by the way (if it's the same one I recall from way back when).

Anonymous said...

Does EVERYTHING have to be a partisan issue?

These a-hole "establishments" don't card and don't care. Your son or daughter gets killed in a DUI because some 17yo twit got served 4 beers, see how you feel about them then.

Anonymous said...

Oxford is so backwoods, they sell hot beer to minors.

/4:30- you can quick chill beer with dry ice/water mixture or salt on ice. It will chill quickly.

Surprised they didn't go after the 10,000 liquor stores that would sell a pint of scotch to anybody that can reach the counter.

Gotta love the white trash that party in the grove with their mixed drinks, polo shirts, blue blazers, duck head khakis, deck shoes and drinker coed girlfriends that hold each other's hand while they vomit

Anonymous said...

deck shoes. your age is only surpassed by your bias toward cows. maroon.

Anonymous said...

5:50 Cold beer was sold to those minors. Also, you seem upset. Did the well-dressed, white trash at the Grove vomit on you or you significant other once?

Anonymous said...

I understand the fact that these businesses violated the law.... But, why does this blog feel the need to publish ALL of Jim Hood's press releases? It seems like Jim Hood publishes a press release each week.... not a bad campaign strategy. BTW, does anyone have a link to the negative ad Hood is running against Hurst?

The junction will never be the Grove said...

I’ve seen some pretty drunk minors on the state college campus in Starkville.

But I guess they do need to blow off some steam.

The rigors of a turf grass management curriculum have to be very stressful on their young minds.

Reverunt Will Save The Day said...

Not to worry. Pastor Freeze will convene a prayer group and pray this shit away. He has 120 thousand Twitter followers and a seminary degree from some mail order house. Now that he's performed the 'Miracle In Tuscaloosa', this will be a chump-project. All we need to do is get him away from the microphone and keep him focused.

Anonymous said...

a) How does this become a MSU vs. OM thread? How? Is Starkville now a symbol of teetotaling moralism?

b) All it takes is a bit of travel to see that MS is lax when it comes to checking ID. Out of state,
I know to keep my ID handy. Here? Not so much, if ever.

Anonymous said...

Hood says he doesn't have the resources to fight public corruption yet he has someone cracking down on 20 year olds drinking in a college town? I am almost as shocked that underage college students would drink as I am that Jim Hood would give corrupt politicians a free pass.

Anonymous said...

So let me get this straight. At least fifty percent of the contributors here think it's perfectly acceptable for bars and beer stores to sell to minors? And because you crackers have seen it going on in one location (or so you claim), it therefore must be acceptable in another? And, in the interest of game day and ticket proceeds and sales of sleeveless's OK for children to be drunk?

This is precisely the same crowd of goobers who celebrate the annual standings in 'Ten Wildest Campuses in America'.

Kingfish said...

Probably not. I bet more than a few think the drinking age should be 18 and I am one of them.

Anonymous said...

@9:35 I wasn't aware the junction was striving to be the grove? I must have missed that news release.

Anonymous said...

You can vote and die for your country at 18. You should be able to have a drink.

Anonymous said...

8:45 is a cracker.

Off To War said...

I don't like that drinking-age law so it's perfectly OK if I ignore it.

Anonymous said...

The drinking age used to be 18. But they were too irresponsible and wreck less. So the gooberment forced all the states to boost it to 21.

And, I have been told, that 18 year olds can drink on military base...but not in town. Is this still true?

Anonymous said...

Thank god the Double Quick didn't get busted !!!!!

Ole Myth In Top 2 Partay Schools said...

Some of you might remember the law enforcement officer working traffic at Ole Miss, following a game, about nine years ago. His family has an empty chair for him now on Holidays. Children drinking beer removed him from our midst, forever.

But, shit, the driver was old enough to go to war!

Anonymous said...

I don't think an 18-year-old should be allowed to drink, go to war, or be allowed to make any major decisions. Most of them are just not that bright. However, if you are going to allow them to go to war, then all bets are off, and they should be allowed to drink. When I was 18 and at Ole Miss, I did drink. And thank God I didn't have a car because I would have driven it while drinking. My mom used to say "God takes care of fools and crazy people." I was definitely foolish at that age.

Anonymous said...

Yes 7:36pm....a cop did die. Of course, the kid was doing coke and not just drunk, but that isn't the point. That is why he took off. He was about to be arrested for possession of cocaine.

I guess those of us over 18 never cause traffic fatalities drunk or sober?

Again, you can be forced (via the draft) to fight and die for your country whether you agree with the cause or not. You should be able to have a beer or 12 if you want to. I personally don't drink but maybe a beer or two a week with a dinner that it compliments, so I am no promoter of it. I just believe in freedom and personal responsibility.

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