Commission set to stop underage people from buying alcohol

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Reported by: Lynn Casey
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."

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Unwashed Mass - 12/12/2013 2:59 PM
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This was probably another handout that was checked for spelling instead of accuracy.

Aurther - 12/12/2013 8:42 AM
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They didn't mention that JOhn Paden is the Manager for Cherokee Nation Security. Kind of strange they left that part out.

Mayor Maynot - 12/11/2013 10:14 PM
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Kschneiddr #& ^]] just got back from tour with trans Siberian orchestra. All of it mesmerizing b check it out at Unwashed Mass known as dirty sermon #8 ^]] When you say tax dinosaur ;Do you mean protects their own. By regulating that it shows that the govt is doing something to curb this incidence.

karlschneider - 12/11/2013 9:32 PM
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It reminds me of the Tulsa PD "Vice Squad" of years ago (perhaps now as well) who spent lots of time investigating prostitution and ended up getting free sex from the (mostly female) people they were supposed to be apprehending in exchange for looking the other way...especially in West Tulsa in those days. I bet these ABLE guys have a huge stash of "confiscated" products where they go to drink it on their days the Tulsa FOP used to do at their little club out at 31st & Sheridan. It's really impossible to figure out who the "good" guys are when it comes to morality enforcement.

Mayor Maynot - 12/11/2013 9:13 PM
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Karl #8 ^D You should see what they do with moon shiners.

Unwashed Mass - 12/11/2013 9:10 PM
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ABLE is under the Department of Public Safety, so they have no public accountability and dont have to obey the Oklahoma Open Records Act. History tells us that police who operate in total secrecy arent doing so for the good of the people. ABLE is a tax-hungry dinosaur and should be abolished.

Mayor Maynot - 12/11/2013 9:10 PM
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You might find it easer to make water go uphill.

karlschneider - 12/11/2013 9:03 PM
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This "ABLE" commission is an abomination, and appears to be a modern-day incarnation of some old vile moralistic hypocrites like Carrie Nation and Elmer Gantry, but with state sanction. Why in the world are we funding these puritanical zealots who think they are God's gift to Oklahoma morality? Let's stop actual crime instead of infusing this sick gang of Gestapo thugs with money and power to chase down 'sinners'. Enough is enough.
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