BA mom says store sold tobacco to her 13 year old son


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Reported by: Sharon Phillips
Updated: 3/27/2013 5:56 pm Published: 3/27/2013 3:15 pm


A Broken Arrow mother is fired up after she says a convenience store sold tobacco to her 13 year old son. Since then, she’s taken drastic measures to shine a light on what happened. Deborah Jackson says she even gave her son money to go and buy cigarettes to catch the Rooster Food Mart in the act. Five minutes later, she says he came back out of the store with tobacco in hand.

"I have done everything I can possibly think of and nothing is being done about it,” says Jackson.

She says she is fuming at the thought of her underage son being sold tobacco products.

“We're trying to parent our teenagers, and we have people working against us,” she says.

Jackson tells FOX23 she’s tried everything to get the store to stop, even picketing outside.

"I went and talked to the city council and spoke at that meeting, and we tried to cover all of our bases and it's still happening,” she says.

Deborah was so upset about what happened that she filed a police report with the Broken Arrow Police Department.

I wanted to talk with the store’s owner about her accusations. I confronted a clerk at the counter, but he told me that they ID everyone that comes in to purchase tobacco products. When I asked him if he had ever heard of it happening there, he said that he had but that it wasn’t him.

"I have heard about it, but I have never done anything like that,” he says.

Broken Arrow police say they have to see someone giving tobacco to a minor in order to prosecute the case.

'Typically on the sale of a tobacco product to a minor, it's the individual clerk who would be responsible,” says Captain Rich Shea.

In the meantime, police tell us they do random compliance checks on stores like the one in BA.

“You know your kid is going to do or try things like this, but people don't need to make it easy,” says Jackson.

Remember, you have to be at least 18 years old to purchase tobacco in the state of Oklahoma. Broken Arrow police say they are having an investigator look at the store to see if this is an incident that can be prosecuted.


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