Sioux Falls, SD
Despite passing a recent police sting, one Sioux Falls convenience store is training employees to ensure they will not sell alcohol to minors.
You can never be too careful when it comes to selling alcohol, according to managers at Taylor's Pantry at the corner of 41st Street and Minnesota Avenue. That's why they've hired Mari Beth Baumberger to train three employees in an upstairs work room.
"It aids employees in basically doing what they already know how to do but giving them confidence in asserting the law and being good employees. So that's checking IDs and making sure every sale that's made in regards to alcohol is a legal one," Baumberger said.
During the two-hour class, the employees discuss liquor laws, watch a video and after passing an exam, become Techniques of Alcohol Management or TAM-certified.
But, these employees aren't unfamiliar to police liquor stings. Thursday night, an 18-year-old working with police attempted to buy beer from Casey Doerr.
"Right when I saw him do it, (I thought) he's getting carded. There is no way he is 21. And his license obviously stated that," Doerr said.
Two other businesses failed the sting. They face fines up to $2,000 and risk losing their alcohol license, depending on the number of violations.
But, it's not just the businesses that could be penalized for selling to customers under 21; the employee who makes the sale can also face up to 30 days in jail, a $500 fine and have their driver license revoked.
"I would like people to think about it more than just making sure they don't fail a sting. It is about making sure they do things right every single time they make a sale," Baumberger said.
And while Doerr passed the police sting, he's learning things he didn't know during the certification training.
"I am pretty confident as far as carding people If I have any doubt, they get carded anyways but like I said, this will give me more of an insight on people using fake IDs and what not," Doerr said.
This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:
A misspelling was corrected in this story.