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Minor Allegedly Served Alcohol During Benicia PD Sting

An employee of Bottom of the Fifth, 498 Military East, was cited in the sting.

A 17-year-old was served alcohol at Benicia sports bar Bottom of the Fifth during a sting Wednesday, police say.

The police operation involved tests at 15 businesses and bars that sell and serve alcohol, and all but one passed by not selling to the underage teen, according to a Benicia Police Department press release.

At Bottom of the Fifth, police say an employee checked the decoy's ID–which showed him as being 17 years old–but served him alcohol anyway.

Rachelle McCarty, a 40-year-old Bottom of the Fifth employee who lives in El Sobrante, was issued a misdemeanor citation on charges of selling alcohol to someone younger than 21 years old.

The businesses that passed the compliance check were:

  1. Rose Market, 2064 Columbus Pkwy
  2. CVS, 2100 Columbus Pkwy
  3. Raley's, 890 Southampton Rd
  4. Superstop, 816 Southampton Rd
  5. Bob's Food And Liquor, 510 West J St
  6. Chevron Gas, 10 Solano Sq
  7. Safeway, 50 Solano Sq
  8. Rite Aide, 60 Solano Sq
  9. Valero Gas, 1925 East 2nd St
  10. Texaco Gas, 6001 Goodyear Rd
  11. Fast & Easy, 1500 East 5th St
  12. Liquor Warehouse, 457 Military East
  13. 7 Eleven, 500 Military East
  14. 76 Gas, 505 Military East

“We are extremely pleased with the businesses that followed the law and asked for identification and did not sell to the minor decoy,” the press release quoted Benicia Police Lt. Frank Hartig as saying. “The goal of the program is zero sales, zero citations, and alcohol free and healthier youth. Total compliance with alcohol and tobacco sales laws is the department's mission."

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Ash Leigh February 14, 2013 at 07:30 PM
I know a few places in downtown Napa they need to do this too.
"The Black Panther of Poetry" February 14, 2013 at 09:46 PM
Sounds like the "Bottom of the Ninth" for the "Bottom of the Fifth"!!!!
Babaloo February 15, 2013 at 05:56 AM
And ? guess you saved a life ?... are you sure this person could read ? maybe, just maybe,,,she cannot read and is too embarrased to tell anyone. Possible ? maybe,,plausable ? maybe...
Chris J Kapsalis February 15, 2013 at 02:20 PM
18 you are an adult you should be allowed to drink. Never forget my friend got back from Iraq and using a machine gun and could not buy a beer here? Make up your mind. Are you 18 and an adult or are you still unable to be trusted to decide, then how can we try them as adults when they commit a crime, after all they don;t know right from wrong yet.
Michelle Kye February 15, 2013 at 11:04 PM
I am glad Benicia has this program in place to catch and detour businesses that serve alcohol to people under 21 years of age. I believe in following the laws. However, I agree with Chris that the age to purchase alcoholic beverages ought to be lowered to 18. If you can vote, go to war for your country, and be tried as an adult in a court of law, you ought to be able to buy a beer.

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