|Updated: 12/12/2013 6:39 am
||Published: 12/11/2013 8:49 pm
Local police want to stop stores from selling alcohol to underage people.
So local police departments work with the Oklahoma ABLE Commission to do compliance checks.
FOX23 News rode along with them in Tahlequah while they tested some stores.
A special agent from the ABLE commission and the Tahlequah police chief let FOX23 come with them as they sent a volunteer underage girl into local stores to buy alcohol.
Lindsey Wilson is currently taking a criminal justice class at Tulsa Technology Center. She's 17 years old and has volunteered as a decoy for alcohol compliance checks many times.
"My teacher always talked to us about compliance checks, and we went through certifications and we went through classes for it," Lindsey Wilson said.
The ABLE commission does these four times a year in Tahlequah. Agents say the campus town has the third highest drinking rate in Oklahoma.
Police want stores to know they're watching.
The way the decoy scenario works is that an undercover officer goes in first to make sure everything inside the store is safe for the volunteer minor. Then the decoy goes in and tries to buy something while the officer wanders the store.
"We use our real IDs so they know we're not trying to fake them into anything," Wilson said.
FOX23 went into 10 places Wednesday; nine of the clerks did not sell to Lindsey Wilson.
At the Y Liquor store owner John Paden was one of them and he told FOX23 News why he wouldn't sell to her.
"Well because I have grandkids. I have kids, number one," Paden said. "It's tough enough on kids without someone else encouraging them or contributing to their downfall."