On Friday, July 20th, the Lee’s Summit Police Department conducted a liquor control “sting” operation within the city. The operation targeted retail establishments responsible for following municipal and state law regarding the sale of alcohol to minors. A total of 31 retail locations were checked, with seven clerks/servers being cited for an illegal sale.

During the operation an underage decoy will enter the business and attempt to purchase alcohol while wearing recording equipment to verify actions of both the decoy and business clerk/server. The business clerk/server plays an important role in preventing underage alcohol consumption by completing one task, verifying the age of the purchaser. If the business clerk/server refuses to sell then management receives a letter congratulating them on the appropriate action of their employee.

If an illegal sale is made a detective with the Special Investigative Unit will enter the business after the decoy exits and issue a citation for the sale of alcohol to a minor. The clerk/server has the primary responsibility for verifying age which is why they receive the citation and not the business. If repeated violations do occur at a particular business Missouri State Liquor Control may initiate disciplinary action against the businesses liquor license.

Citations were issued to clerks/servers in the following locations:
900 block E Langsford Rd. – Hy-Vee Gas
1800 block E Langsford Rd. – Casey’s General Store
600 block SW Jefferson St. – BP Convenience
1300 block SW Market St. – Raising The Bar Liquor
3300 block SW 3rd St. – Longview Phillips 66
1200 block SW 3rd St. – Hy-Vee Gas
200 block SE Grand Ave. – Cloud 9 Liquor & Tobacco

The following locations refused to sell/serve the underage decoy:
1100 block NE Douglas St. – Temp Stop
1600 block NE Douglas St. – Douglas Valero
900 block NE Colbern Rd. – Rush Hour
1400 block NE M-291 Hwy. – Quik Trip
800 block NE Woods Chapel Rd. – Quik Trip
800 block NE Lakewood Blvd. – Summit Cellar & Spirits
5000 block NE Lakewood Way – Minit Mart
1100 block NE Rice Dr. – Temp Stop
1700 block E Langsford Rd. – Temp Stop
200 block SE M-291 Hwy. – Gomer’s Liquors
300 block SE M-291 Hwy. – Minit Mart
500 block SE Melody Ln. – Summit Spirits
800 block SE M-291 Hwy. Quik Trip
1300 block SW Market St. – Phillips Fuel Mart
100 block SW M-150 Hwy. – Quik Trip
1200 block SW Arborwalk Rd. – Meiner’s Market
900 block SW Oldham Pkwy. – 7-Eleven
300 block SW Ward Rd. – Rush Hour
1000 block SW Blue Pkwy. – Quik Trip
900 block NW Chipman Rd. – Presto Convenience Store
300 block SE 3rd. St. – Conoco Convenience Plus
800 block NE Lakewood Blvd. – Lakewood Local
200 block SE Main St. – Main Slice Pizza
10 block SE 3rd. St. – Bricks Pub